It's been nearly two months since Joker first hit the big screens in the United States, and Todd Phillips' latest blockbuster has now surpassed $1 billion at the box office.
For the most part, Joker has been a critical success, though its dark nature and violence has led to some negative reviews. But overall, it's highly regarded as one of the top films of 2019, as well as one of the greatest movies to star a DC Comics character.
Given the strong reviews as well as the giant box office numbers, there's already plenty of discussions about Phillips potentially doing a Joker sequel - despite strong beliefs that it would be a one-time project.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Phillips emphasized that there isn't anything currently lined up for a sequel, but that he could do another Joker film on one major condition.
"But it couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the ‘Clown Prince of Crime,’" Phillips said. "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."
The Batman (slated for a 2021 release) will star Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. Some are wondering if we could see Pattinson and Phoenix clash in an upcoming DC film, considering that the Wayne family and Alfred Pennyworth also appeared in Joker. However, Pattinson shut down rumors of Joker appearing in The Batman, so even if they meet down the road, it's several years away.
The good news for Joker fans is that the film didn't necessarily have a full closure at the end, so the possibility of a sequel is there. And seeing how much money it made, and how strong the reviews are made, it's safe to ask why Phillips and Phoenix wouldn't want to do a sequel in the future.