“Long Before The Release, We Talked About Sequels”
Joker, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, debuted to wide acclaim last month and then went on to become the highest R-rated movie of all time, so far securing over $900 million at the global box office. It is arguably DC’s first great movie since the Nolan-era.
But despite the success, Phoenix insists that he’d only take part in a sequel if he deemed it to be a worthy successor.
Speaking to The Envelope (via LA Times), Phoenix admitted –
“I wouldn’t just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful, that’s ridiculous.”
“Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels. In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, ‘Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There’s way too much to explore. It was kind of in jest — but not really.”
Additionally to the interview, Phoenix has definitely discussed the prospect of a follow-up with Todd Phillips. The director said –
“Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels,”
This comes after Phillips said that the quality of Phoenix’s striking performance meant that a follow-up could be on the cards.
“One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with [Phoenix], any day of the week. There’s nobody like him. If he was willing to do [a sequel], and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”
For the full LA Time interview with Phoenix, click the link above.