Todd Phillips will return to write the script for a second instalment of the Joker story portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix.
Following the critical and financial success of the 2019 Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, director Todd Phillips, responsible for the first movie is set to co-write the sequel.
It is not known if Phoenix will return for part two. If he doesn’t, the only outcome would be that an aged Joker would portray Batman’s adversary in a story that fast forwards the timeline. Like that of ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’ where the caped crusader returns following years of crime fighting estrangement.
Phoenix told platform ‘Indiewire’ “I don’t know that there is (more to do)”…“Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”
It is considered one of the most successful comic book movie adaptations of all time, following a budget of approximately £50 million going on to gross more than £1 billion at the box office.
The story is now a cult classic commentating on the many aspects of both mental health and capitalism.
The film registers a feature length origin story of the Joker following years of mental health issues, home and professionally linked trauma. Many praised the movie for its provisions of another spectrum for mental illness and the health care system. Though it’s core message can be interpreted in many different ways but ultimately, it is a piece of movie history focused on identity.