First ‘Joker 2’ teaser confirms Lady Gaga’s role

Joker was an unlikely blockbuster; a Batman movie without Batman in it, an R-rated superhero movie without a superhero (unless you count the insane man dressed as a clown), and a grim character study of Batman’s most infamous archenemy with very little action or comic relief. nonsense. Despite all this, the film grossed over $1 billion and won several Oscars, including one for its star Joaquin Phoenix.

It’s a tough act to follow, even if the film left some room for a sequel – which is now definitely happening. With the title Joker: Folie à Deux, the film will reunite Phoenix with the first film’s co-writer and director, Todd Phillips. Rumors a few months ago had Lady Gaga joins the cast, potentially as Harley Quinn in what would apparently be a full-blown movie musical.

Gaga herself confirmed at least part of that news, tweeting the very first teaser for the film. By showing the cartoon outline of Phoenix’s Joker with a cartoon of Gaga dancing along to the sound of Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek”, it also seemingly confirms the rest of the rumours. Who else would Joker dance with but Harley? And if they’re dancing in the trailer, it strongly suggests that there will be some dancing (and maybe some singing?) in the film itself.

Watch the teaser below:

The film’s subtitle is a reference to a medical condition in which “an identical or similar mental disorder affects two or more individuals, usually members of the same family.” If the Joker is involved, the only character he would canonically share a mental disorder with would be Harley Quinn. There have also been some chat that Willem Dafoe may also be in the sequel, possibly in the role of a Joker copycat.

Joker: Folie à Deux is slated to open in theaters on October 4, 2024. Can you imagine the theme song Lady Gaga will sing for a Joker movie? I don’t think I’m mentally ready for this.

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