It’s safe to say that before the end of 2019, nobody had any idea just how big of a global phenomenon Todd Phillips’ Joker would become. Not only did it break the $1 billion milestone at the box office, but it was also one of the biggest winners of the year on the awards circuit.
Included in the movie’s 11 Oscar nominations was a Best Actor win for leading man Joaquin Phoenix, who took one of the most iconic villains in history and found a way to add a new twist to the legend. His performance immediately sparked discussions about the franchise continuing on, and more concrete news has just broken potentially confirming those talks.
A new report from The Mirror released a rumor that Joker star Joaquin Phoenix has been offered $50 million to reprise the role in two sequels. Phoenix reportedly opened up to the idea of continuing this portrayal after initially believing this would be a standalone movie. An insider close to the situation revealed these quotes:
“They plan to make two sequels in the next four years, with a long-term commitment to Joaquin and his Joker director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper. It’s all about getting Joaquin to accept the terms – and the biggest payday of his career by far.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
Joaquin Phoenix has had a remarkable career, even for its unorthodox nature, but almost nothing has been as massive worldwide as his portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime last year. From all the rumors of what happened on set to stories of how deep he went to do the role justice, Phoenix’s run as Joker has already gone down as a comic book movie legend, even more so now that he will he sticking around for a long time.
The money he’s reportedly been offered is comparable to the biggest names in the industry, most notably stars like Robert Downey, Jr. and the trio of MCU Chris’s. It’s still unknown when exactly these sequels would film, although reports are saying hopefully in the next four years, but fans should be thrilled that Phoenix’s Joker may be continuing on over the next few years.
This is still a rumor at this point, but it will be interesting to find out exactly if and when it will be confirmed by Phoenix, his representatives, or Warner Bros.