Will ‘Joker 2’ feature Batman or Harley Quinn? DC fans lose calm over title ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’

Hashtags like ‘#Joker2’ and ‘ToddPhillips’ quickly reserved one of the top spots on the trending list as fans thronged to Twitter with their own theories


                            Will ‘Joker 2’ feature Batman or Harley Quinn? DC fans lose calm over title ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’
Batman, Harley Quinn and Joaquin Phoenix reading the script of 'Joker 2' (Photos by Jack Taylor/[email protected]/Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
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Joaquin Phoenix is all set to return to the big screen with his madness and eccentricity as filmmaker Todd Phillips confirmed the sequel to his 2019 blockbuster ‘Joker.’ The 51-year-old helmer took to his Instagram on Tuesday, June 7, and easily managed to break the Internet after he shared the official title of the film along with a monochrome picture of Joaquin Phoenix reading the script.

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Hashtags like ‘#Joker2’ and ‘ToddPhillips’ quickly reserved one of the top spots on the trending list as ardent DC fans thronged to Twitter with their own theories after Todd Philips revealed the title of the film as ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’. The first part was simply titled ‘Joker’ and was released in 2019. The R-rated flick went on to earn more than a billion at the box office worldwide. ‘Joker’ scored a whopping 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Phillips, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Phillips and Scott Silver. Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir won for Best Original Score.

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Will ‘Joker 2’ feature Batman or Harley Quinn?

Todd Phillips showed off the script of ‘Joker 2’ on Instagram while also revealing the intriguing title ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’. Another picture showed the movie’s lead actor Joaquin Phoenix in monochrome reading the screenplay while smoking a cigarette and sitting beside a huge glass window with a stunning view of the city. The title of the film also revealed ‘Joker 2’ is penned by Scott Silver and Todd Phillips. 

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Looking at the title ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’, ardent comic book lovers came up with their own theories that the second part of the film could feature Batman or Harley Quinn with the Joker himself. Many on the Internet focused on ‘Folie à Deux’ which in English translates to “delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association.” Fans came up with a conclusion that it could either be Batman or Harley. Todd Phillips has not shared any other details on the film and even Joaquin Phoenix has refrained from spilling further details on the project.

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‘Honestly, if Joker 2 doesn’t have Batman, then wtf’

DC Comics fans erupted with joy as they tried to crack the meaning behind the official title of ‘Joker 2’. “JOKER 2 is titled ‘Folie à Deux’ which means “delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association.” Could that mean a potential appearance of a new BATMAN for this universe?”, said one user as another posted, “Interesting that this is the subheading for Joker 2. So many theories that could be applied to this but…I like the theory the Phoenix Joker ends up inspiring the real Joker we know who ends up fighting Batman.”  One user posted, “Honestly if Joker 2 doesn’t have Batman, then wtf.”

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The next one added, “A lot of speculation that the folie à deux of Joker 2 may suggest Harley Quinn or another Joker. But… What if it’s Bruce/Batman.” One posted, “Translating it, it means "Madness for Two". So Harley Quinn or Batman is gonna be in Joker 2!” Meanwhile, a fan tweeted, “Based on the definition for the joker 2 title another joker like person will be introduced if we are getting a serious dramatic Harley Quinn THAT’S EXCITING!!!” And, another mentioned, “This could mean two things: 1.  Harley Quinn will be in the sequel 2. There will be two JOKERS. Imagine if its 2 and they cast Willem Dafoe as the other JOKER.” One user concluded, “The title kinda sounds like it could be referring to Harley Quinn. I'm actually kinda excited for Joker 2. Some people say it's not needed but people also said that about the first one so I'm gonna give it a chance.”

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