“Joker: Folie à Deux” is hitting theaters in 2024.
The sequel, which sees the return Joaquin Phoenix as Batman’s legendary foe, will debut on the big screen on October 4, 2024 — just five years after the first film was released.
The follow-up to 2019’s blockbuster “Joker” (the original was a dark and gritty drama) is set to be a musical, with none other than Lady Gaga expected to play the villainous Harley Quinn. Quinn. “Joker” was supposed to be a standalone film, but after the R-rated blockbuster generated more than $1 billion worldwide and earned Phoenix an Oscar, a sequel was pre-ordered. Of course, the actor wants big bucks to reprise his sinister role as Arthur Fleck; Check Phoenix pay instead of “Folie à Deux” $20 million.
Warner Bros. announced. the release date on Wednesday in an apparent attempt to shift the conversation away from the news that the studio has scrapped its $90 million budget “Batgirl,” despite the fact that the DC movie is almost complete. The failure of “Batgirl,” which will not be released in theaters or on HBO Max, has upended the industry because studios almost never cancel productions. The film’s directors Adil El Arbi and Billall Fallah say they were “calm and sad” by suddenly canceling “Batgirl”. The decision to kill the DC yield was driven by tax incentives.
Even without “Batgirl” on the movie calendar, Warner Bros. needs “Joker: Folie à Deux.” to reach out to audiences to save their struggling DC Comics division. “The Suicide Squad,” which opened simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in 2021, came in at the box office while “DC League of Super-Pets” fell short of weekend expectations. All the while, Warner Bros. still grappling with plans for “The Flash,” which DC adaptation on a $200 million budget set for 2023. The studio plans to give the superhero film the full treatment, but its star Ezra Miller has repeatedly made headlines for allegations of abuse and misconduct. A recent bright spot for DC was “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson, which has grossed $770 million at the global box office.
Todd Phillips, who directed “Joker” to a total of 11 Academy nominations, is returning to direct the sequel. He is also writing the script with Scott Silver. The first film cost $62.5 million to produce, an unusually conservative budget for a comic book adaptation. “Joker” came. hugely profitablebut Warner Bros. had to revenue sharing with co-financiers Bron Creative and Village Roadshow.