The film "Joker"," starring Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic DC villain, received tremendous critical praise and a slew of accolades, and for an Academy Award for Phoenix for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since the movie's debut, viewers have been eagerly anticipating a sequel.

“Joker,” co-written by Scott Silver and directed by Todd Phillips, gave the villain's origin tale a traditional Hollywood twist. And it looks like Phillips who helmed the first Joker film will be back on set to co-write “Joker 2.”

There’s also the likelihood of Phillips directing the second installment. As for Silver, there’s no news yet, whether the writer will be back to penning the story with Phillips.

This news came to light to cinema fans after The Hollywood Reporter published its piece on, “Power Lawyers 2021: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys.” According to Warren Dern of the Sloane Offer Weber & Dern law firm, Todd Phillips has agreed to co-write the upcoming “Joker” film.

Though it was intended to be a stand-alone feature, it appears that "Joker's" director has plans for a sequel. According to IGN, Phillips has claimed that he will not return to direct a Joker sequel unless he can discover "some thematic resonance in a similar way that [the first film] does."

Joaquin Phoenix's return to the role of the “Joker” is unknown when it comes to the possibility of producing a sequel. While Phoenix has typically eschewed long-term franchise commitments throughout his career, he has acknowledged that a sequel is a possibility.

"I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting,” Phoenix told reporters in 2019. “Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”

Phillip’s “Joker” is a whole level of canon and it’ll be difficult to situate it in any existing “Batman” movies – unless, they create their own. Who knows what will happen in “Joker 2?”

In the first film, the audience was left to watch Bruce’s parents gunned down in the alley. This could be a potential setup for the second installment where Arthur Fleck comes face-to-face with the caped crusader.

It would be interesting to see how Batman fits in the role of the madman’s world. For now, the fans can only wait.

Cover photo of 'Joker.' Joker/Facebook

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