Joker 2 is in development with Joaquin Phoenix set to return

Brenda Watkins
November 20, 2019

"As per the report, Todd approached Warner Bros with the proposition to take bring more DCcharacters" origin stories to the big screen when Joker registered a grand opening of nearly a $100 million on the first weekend itself.

Emmerich balked. After all, Warner Bros.is very protective of the DC canon.

This is highly unusual as all other DC deals are typically for one film only.

Intriguingly, The Hollywood Reporter (who broke the story this morning) says this isn't the only DC movie Phillips might end up making: according to them, he's been lobbying to "develop a portfolio of DC characters' origin stories", and has secured the rights to at least one of them. Warner Bros. also has options for Joaquin Phoenix already set. The studio and Phillips' reps at CAA declined to comment.

Phillips has previously stated that during the development of Joker, he pitched the film as the flagship of a new line of DC films titled "DC Black". The film's budget was just $55 million.

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The unexpected bounty also is generating a huge payday for Phillips, 48.

There it is. Mere days after Joker crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, it looks like a follow-up to the initially standalone DC Comics villain movie is on the cards.

Sources say the director will earn close to $100 million by the time this year's hit finishes its box office run.

Still, he won't be exploring Batman's backstory. That film, entitled "The Batman", already has a June 25, 2021 release date. Ditto Wonder Woman, whose adolescence on the hidden island of Themyscira was laid out by screenwriter Allan Heinberg in Patty Jenkins' 2017 film that grossed $821 million. He didn't quite get that, but will supposedly be producing at least one origin story.

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