Todd Phillips Says Warner Bros. Is "Giving" Time For A Sequel

Thanks to the large financial and critical success of Todd Phillips' Joker, there is already speculation about Warner Bros. giving the thumbs up in short time for a sequel.

Joker, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime, recently surpassed $1 billion at the box office. And as is the case with most movies based on comic book characters, a sequel seems inevitable.

It was reported two weeks ago that work had already begun on a second Joker film, but that was quickly squashed. It's only been two months since Joker hit the big screens, after all.

So, what's really the deal with a potential sequel to the Phillips and Phoenix blockbuster? The director answered that question when he appeared on the IGN UK Podcast (h/t Joe Skrebels of IGN).

Phillips acknowledged that though he and Phoenix discussed it during production for Joker, nothing is set in stone yet - although time appears to be on their side to figure something out.

"But in all honesty we haven't gone any further on it," Phillips explained. "Even Warner Bros. hasn't. I think they're just giving us time, and if we can figure it out, and if Joaquin's down to do it, we would do it. But we haven't gotten near that yet."

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Some also wondered if we would see Phoenix's character appear in The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. However, Pattinson shut that rumor down; the film's confirmed villains up to this point are Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) and Riddler (Paul Dano).

Only time will tell if we get to see a sequel to one of the top films of 2019, but everybody should be optimistic about it. Joker didn't have a conclusive ending, either, which opens up the possibility of a sequel.

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