Joker has shown to be a box office success as it nears the $1 billion mark globally. With that kind of success, talks of a sequel were unavoidable. For Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix, discussion of Joker 2 started while they were shooting the first installment. Joaquin Phoenix thought that there was still a lot more to explore in the new world that they created for the Clown Prince of Crime. In the latest interview, the star shed some light on the subject. He explains.

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“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.”

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When watching Joker, there is a sense of integrity to it, which was done on purpose. Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips knew the film would do well, but not many would have predicted just how great it has gone at the box office, with Joker becoming the biggest R-Rated movie ever. Even with the thought that the film would be a one-and-done type of deal, Joaquin Phoenix still came up with some interesting ideas as to where the sequel could go. Joaquin Phoenix had this to tell about his Joker sequel plans.

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“I basically said, ‘You could take this character and put him in any movie.’ So I did a photoshoot with the on-set photographer and we made posters where I Photoshopped Joker into 10 classic movies: Rosemary’s Baby, Raging Bull, Yentl… (laughs) If you see it, you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’d watch that movie.’ Yentl with Joker? That would be… amazing!”

Joaquin Phoenix was pretty excited about a Joker sequel at the time of shooting the first installment. But, he passed through a lot emotionally and physically to pull off the performance and would more than likely have other ideas about revisiting Arthur Fleck. Here’s what Todd Phillips responded when asked about a potential sequel.

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“We haven’t talked about it a ton. We’ve only talked about the fact that if we ever did one – and I’m not saying we are because right now we’re not – it couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the ‘Clown Prince of Crime.’ That just doesn’t interest us. It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does.”

While Phillips says, there are no further plans to make a Joker sequel. But Todd Phillips believes he and Joaquin Phoenix could return for another film if they had the right strategy. The director had this to say.

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“I think that’s ultimately why the movie connected, outside of all the noise and mishegoss of the last month and a half. I think the reason why it’s resonating is what’s going on underneath the movie. So many movies are about the spark, and this movie is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting.”

The interview with Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix was conducted by The Los Angeles Times.

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