Director Todd Phillips has taken a wild and fluctuating turn in the past few years. After directing the underperforming true war-crime drama “War Dogs,” he remarked how much he hated comic book movies as being too loud, a bitter remark most likely from having his thunder stolen by the DC Comics blockbuster “Suicide Squad” debuting so close to his own film. After such an event, he took interest in developing “Joker,” a comic book movie based on the iconic Batman villain, with the intent of separating himself far from the current crop of comic book movies. His divergence paid off for Warner Bros which has now made $1 billion thanks to his take on Joker.
Now, having attained such notoriety and the box office bump for his career, Phillips is reconsidering his initial proposal of no sequel. Though the idea of not having a continuing story of a connecting universe was what initially attracted Joaquin Phoenix to the project, considering Phoenix was also against the grain of comic book movies. But with so much money on the table, how could Phillips say no?
He let The LA Times know about his openness for another “Joker” so long as it adheres to the tone he established:
“It couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the ‘Clown Prince of Crime.’ 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.”
Whether or not Warner Bros will be cool with either maintaining Phillips’ ideal Joker or even making a sequel at all remains to be seen.