For months both the lead actor and the director were clear – Joker was a one-off. In the words of Apollo Creed “Ain’t gonna be no rematch!”
Money talks in Hollywood, however, and $1 billion is a lot of money. Joker just passed that milestone at the box-office an inevitably a sequel will be forthcoming, and it seems the makers and the star are changing their tunes.
In an interview with The LA Times, director Todd Phillips said he is now open to the sequel as long as it’s done right:
“It couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the ‘Clown Prince of Crime’. It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does. Because I think that’s ultimately why the movie connected, it’s what’s going on underneath.
So many movies are about the spark, and this is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting.”
It’s the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion so what Phillips and Phoenix probably realise is that if they don’t make the sequel then somebody else will.
The most interesting thing about this movie remains, that it is divisive, with critics who normally fawn helplessly over movies of questionable quality – as long as the message is right-on – suddenly finding it hard to love. It doesn’t provide the right kind of social commentary for a lot of today’s critics.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Los Angeles, Jared Leto cries softly into his soy milk.