This should come as no surprise, but after having become the first R-rated movie to make $1 billion at the Worldwide box office, Warner Bros. has begun the process of pursuing a sequel for Joker.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix are in talks with the studio for a second film to the miracle box office smash that shocked doubters with its record-smashing grosses around the world. THR reveals that Phillips was originally looking to helm more origin stories for further DC villains as well and they say he has secured the rights to at least one other character.
Warner Bros. has yet to confirm this report and is not immediately responding to requests for comment.
Joker joins only three other DC Comics adaptations in the billion dollar club: Aquaman, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Dark Knight, although those titles cost triple the budget of Joker‘s reported $60 million. On top of that, Joker also had an R-rating, as well as far darker content mixed with fears of violence being committed in the theaters, and a backlash among some against the content of the movie.
With Joker having been a massive success for Warner Bros., the studio’s upcoming slate of DC Comics movies includes Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (Feb. 7, 2020), Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5, 2020), Matt Reeves’ The Batman (June 25, 2021), James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (Aug. 6, 2021), Dwayne Johnson starring in the long-awaited Black Adam (Dec. 22, 2021), and a sequel to Aquaman (Dec. 16, 2022).