Warner Bros. Moves Forward With JOKER 2 and Retains its Creative Team [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Now, according to Deadline, the sequel isn't coming along as fast as THR implies in their post. So who's right? THR and Deadline are both solid sources, however, Deadline straight up calls out THR for their report calling it "click bait" so this could get interesting as two of the top Hollywood insider sites now prepare to battle over this story.

Nobody saw this coming, as the reported $60 million budgeted JOKER movie crossed over into the $1 Billion Club last weekend raking in over an estimated $500 million in profits after all the bills were paid.

But everyone pretty much saw the writing on the wall that Warner Bros. would move to bring back writer / director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix for JOKER 2 as both gentlemen have recently spoke about how they would return for a sequel.

Well, they both got their wish as The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive that JOKER 2 is now in the works. THR writes:

"As the movie keeps raking in money overseas, Phillips is in talks to reprise his role as director for a second Joker outing (he and Scott Silver, who penned the gritty Joker screenplay, will write the follow-up), THR has learned...

"Warners has sequel options in place for Joker star Joaquin Phoenix, who has emerged as a strong contender in the Oscar best actor race."

Also from this report, Phillips went into the office of Warner executive Toby Emmerich with a plan to helm more unique DC origin movies similar to JOKER. However, the exec balked at that idea, but reportedly allowed Phillips to claim one other origin property that was not disclosed. The first thought is how it could (should) be Lex Luthor which would get the DC fanbase excited after the divisive portrayal of the villain by actor Jesse Eisenberg in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN.

No date or timeframe has been set for JOKER 2 at the time this post was published.