As “Joker’ was released in cinemas in 2019, few people expected the huge success that the solo film about Batman’s nemesis would achieve. In addition to winning the Golden Lion of Venice and two Oscars, the psychological drama grossed $1.074 billion at the box office. So became “JokerNot only the most successful R-rated movie of all time, but also the most profitable DC movie ever due to its low budget of 55 million dollars, which took almost 20 times its production costs. It is therefore not surprising that Studio Warner Bros. is now ready to dig a little deeper for the sequel: The production of “Joker 2: Folie À Deux” will cost $150 million.
The total comes from a report by the US industry magazine Variety out. There are several reasons for the enormous price increase – part 2 is almost three times as expensive as part 1:
Main actor Joaquin Phoenix has increased his market value properly and gets for his Joker-Return whopping 20 million dollars. That’s over four times his DC debut, which brought him “only” 4.5 million. In addition, director Todd Phillips can also look forward to a fee of 20 million dollars. But also superstar Lady Gaga, who takes on the female lead in “Folie À Deux”, is handsomely rewarded with 10 million dollars. In addition, complicated musical numbers are also responsible for the budget increase.
For a comic film, the budget may not seem particularly high. After all, many MCU films now cost 200 million or more. Yet for a film that will probably get an R rating again, i.e. in the USA it will probably only be released for people aged 17 and over, 150 million is a lot.
The record in this category is currently held by “Terminator: Dark Fate” with an estimated production cost of 185 to 196 million. But also “Joker 2” would be one of the most expensive R-rated films ever with its budget, should it actually get such a rating, which we are currently assuming.
To the plot of “Joker 2” there are some rumours, but little reliable information. However, the title “Folie à Deux” refers to a mental illness that affects two (or more) people who are close to each other. This, along with Lady Gaga’s casting, suggests that in “Joker 2” will see Harley Quinn’s Origin story. In the comics, this was initially an aspiring psychiatrist who completed an internship at Arkham Asylum, there on the Joker met, fell in love and then went insane himself.
German cinema release of “Joker 2: Folie À Deux” is October 3, 2024.