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Joaquin Phoenix Gets Candid About Joker 2 Progress

When “Joker” released in 2019, it became a huge hit with audiences, grossing over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, and becoming the highest grossing R-rated film of all-time (per Box Office Mojo). While it wasn’t quite as well-received by critics — it garnered a middling 68% on Rotten Tomatoes – the performance of star Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, the man who becomes the Joker, was near-universally praised. So much so, in fact, that Phoenix won the Academy Award for Best Actor (via Deadline). 

However you felt about “Joker,” since its release, there has been a ton of speculation about a potential sequel, though no such film has actually been confirmed. Phoenix himself has previously stated that he’s potentially interested in “Joker 2,” believing that there’s plenty of places the character can go from where the first film left off (per “Popcorn with Peter Travers”). In fact, the actor seemed thrilled with the possibility of returning to Gotham City.

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