Following shock news Warner Brothers had ‘canned’ the upcoming Batgirl movie, DC fans were offered a silver lining on Thursday as film bosses revealed the release date of the much anticipated Joker sequel.
According to Deadline, Joker 2: Folie à Deux, which is said to be a musical, will hit cinemas October 4 2024, five years after the Oscar winning original.
At the end of the first movie, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix, who won the Best Actor award for the role) found himself inside Arkham Asylum before he made a daring escape and it’s believed the sequel will largely be set within the institution.
Back in action: Joker 2: Folie à Deux ‘takes place in Arkham Asylum’ as it’s revealed the ‘musical sequel starring Lady Gaga’ will hit cinemas October 2024
Lady Gaga, 36, is reportedly in early talks to play iconic character Harley Quinn in the movie.
She will follow in the footsteps of Margot Robbie who starred as the villain in 2016’s Suicide Squad, 2020’s Birds of Prey and 2021’s The Suicide Squad.
The Bad Romance singer and actress was Oscar nominated in 2019 for her role as an upcoming musician in the Bradley Cooper directed A Star Is Born, before going on to lead the cast of 2021’s House Of Gucci.
MailOnline contacted Lady Gaga’s representatives for comment.
Popcorn ready: At the end of the first movie Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) found himself inside Arkham Asylum before he made a daring escape from the institution (pictured)
While the sequel’s plot is currently unknown ‘Folie à deux’ is a French phrase literally meaning ‘shared madness.’ It’s used to describe a delusion shared by two people in close proximity.
The website went on to reveal that filming would likely begin in December before a long editing process.
While the original 2019 Joker was never intended to have a sequel, its critical and commercial success lead director Todd Phillips said in August 2019 that he might be interested in making a sequel, if Phoenix were interested in returning.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed over $1 billion on a budget of just $55 million.
Cast: Lady Gaga, 36, is reportedly in early talks to play iconic character Harley Quinn in the movie (pictured in April)
Different universe: following in the footsteps of Margot Robbie who starred as the villain in 2016’s Suicide Squad, 2020’s Birds of Prey and 2021’s The Suicide Squad
The filmmaker signed on to direct and co-write the script with his original Joker writing partner Scott Silver in May 2021.
In June he took to his Instagram to share a photo of his lead actor reading the script for the first time.
Donning a pinstripe suit the actors thinning hair was combed over to the right and his white beard was groomed into a well-kept, but still bushy, style.
Phillips also shared a picture of the script’s cover, red with black lettering, as he revealed the movie’s title for the first time.
Reading his next part? In June director Todd Phillips took to his Instagram to share a photo of his lead actor Joaquin Phoenix reading the script for the first time