- Todd Phillips’ 2019 film Joker earned over $1 billion at the box office and was nominated for Best Picture.
- A sequel to the hit film was officially announced earlier this week.
- Fans think the film’s apparent subtitle is hinting at either Harley Quinn or two Jokers.
After years of speculation surrounding whether or not the project would come to fruition, Warner Bros. and Joker director Todd Phillips have officially announced that a sequel to the wildly successful 2019 film — the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time — is in the works.
In a post on Instagram, Phillips shared a photo of Joaquin Phoenix — who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime — reading the script, which is apparently titled Joker: Folie à Deux. In French, “Folie à Deux” means “madness for two.”
Todd Phillips announces a sequel to Joker titled Joker: Folie à Deux is in the works
Given the sequel’s apparent subtitle, DC fans have begun to speculate what exactly “madness for two” will mean within the context of the film, with early theories suggesting the title is a reference to either *two* different Joker or Harley Quinn.
folie a deux translates to "shared madness" so 100% there's gonna be harley quinn in it but that raises the question WHO will play her https://t.co/nPvYeXInPI
— daniella !! (@truesan1ty) June 8, 2022
Y’all…if you don’t know what “folie à deux” means, do yourself a favor and look it up.
— Luke Nunley (@dlnunley) June 8, 2022
JOKER 2 is titled ‘Folie à Deux’ which means “delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association.”
Could that mean a potential appearance of a new BATMAN for this universe? 🦇 pic.twitter.com/2B9HS2AvKl
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) June 7, 2022
The cover for Todd Phillips #Joker sequel reads “Folie à Deux” which is – delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association
Could we see Phillips version of Harley Quinn or maybe Punchline? pic.twitter.com/Agupn95s22
— Geek Vibes Nation (@GeekVibesNation) June 7, 2022
Make the second Joker Willem Dafoe https://t.co/sAxPY6I2ns
— MORBicio | Browntable (@Browntable_Ent) June 7, 2022
If Willem Dafoe isnt in Joker 2 then i don't want it pic.twitter.com/CKoHWXPXes
— Patrick Nestor III (@PattyNest) June 8, 2022
“Folie à Deux” translates to “Madness for Two.” A lot of people are assuming it’s related to Harley Quinn, but it’s making me think about Willem Dafoe’s “Joker imposter” sequel pitch… pic.twitter.com/XrCM9CvWy6
— Kasey-Wan Kenobi (@RawbertBeef) June 7, 2022
— Cris Parker (@3CFilmss) June 7, 2022
Damn. So, it’s *actually* happening. Todd Phillips confirms the sequel for the billion dollar grossing DC event film JOKER.
Folie à deux is a shared psychosis/rare delusional disorder shared by two people with close emotional ties.
Could we be getting a new Harley Quinn… pic.twitter.com/DVlxu6QXOB
— Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) June 7, 2022
Personally, I’d prefer… neither of those options. Margot Robbie already plays Harley Quinn and there’s also the excellent animated series on HBO Max. Meanwhile, not only is there Joaquin’s Joker but there’s Barry Keoghan’s in The Batman universe, too.
While the Joker sequel was officially announced, its release date was not. At this time, my guess is that it’ll hit theaters during the 2023 holiday season — but that’s pure speculation. 2024 at the latest.