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The Clown Prince of Crime and Harley Quinn want you to know that what the world needs now is… love.

In the first trailer for “Joker: Folie à Deux,” set to “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” audiences were treated to the first look at Joaquin Phoenix, reprising his role as Batman’s notorious foe, conspiring with Gaga as the equally twisted Harley Quinn.

The first film served as a dark and gritty origin story for the Joker, a struggling stand-up comedian and part-time clown performer named Arthur Fleck. Little is known about the sequel, which is reportedly a jukebox musical. Director Todd Phillips told attendees of CinemaCon that categorization isn’t entirely accurate, though song and dance will be featured heavily in the film.

“Music is an essential element,” says Phillips. “It doesn’t veer too far from the first film. We use music to make us whole, to balance the fractures in ourselves.”

“Joker” became a massive blockbuster with $1 billion at the global box office, the first R-rated film to pass the billion-dollar mark. And it earned 11 Oscar nominations, including best picture, and won two awards (Phoenix for best actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir for original score).

“Joker 2” will debut on the big screen on Oct. 4, 2024 — exactly five years after the first film. Todd Phillips is back to direct “Folie à Deux.” The original cost $62.5 million to produce, an unusually conservative budget for a comic book adaptation. Given its runaway financial success, the follow-up was granted a much more substantial $200 million price tag.

Footage of “Joker” debuted as part of Warner Bros.’ presentation to exhibitors. The studio also has “Beetlejuice 2,” “Horizon: An American Saga” and “Mad Max” prequel “Furiosa” on its 2024 slate.



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