A few days ago, the world finally caught a glimpse into the world of Joker Folie a Deux. Joaquin Phoenix returns as Arthur Fleck in the sequel to 2019’s critically acclaimed superhero blockbuster Joker. Featuring alongside Phoenix will be pop superstar turned actress Lady Gaga who plays popular DC femme fatale Harley Quinn. Let’s take at the first look of Joker Folie a Deux, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga.

Joker Folie a Deux first look

Todd Phillips returns to direct the sequel of Joker, which earned him accolades including Academy Award nominations. Phillips took to Instagram to post a first-look image of Joker Folie a Deux, which translates to Madness for Two in French.

Joker Folie a Deux first look Joaquin Phoenix Lady Gaga
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The first look image is an extreme close-up of Harley Quinn holding Arthur Fleck’s face in her hands. Joker and Harley Quinn’s chemistry is psychotically twisted, and the image lives up to this tag.

Despite seeming like a romantic picture, there is a tinge of madness in both the actors’ eyes, promising a wildly exciting dynamic in Joker Folie a Deux.

What we know so far

Unlike any other superhero movie ever, Joker Folie a Deux is going to be a musical. The musical treatment decision has met with criticism from fans already. However, the first part itself relied heavily on its soundtrack with some iconic dance sequences. 

Scott Silver has co-written the screenplay with Todd Philips and Bradley Cooper serves as a producer for the film. Alongside Phoenix and Gaga, Joker Folie a Deux’s cast includes some big names like Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener and Zazie Beetz.

Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga

In the 2019 film, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the Joker was nothing short of brilliant, and it’s no surprise that he won an Oscar for his performance. He reportedly lost over 50 pounds for the role and worked closely with a choreographer to develop the character’s distinctive dance moves.

Just like critics of the sequel’s musical treatment, some fans are not too pleased with Lady Gaga being cast as Harley Quinn in Joker Folie a Deux. The criticism mainly comes from DC fans who believe Margot Robbie should reprise her role as the demented diva. 

Joker’s success

In 2019, Joker grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the first R-rated movie in history to hit that mark. The film did an excellent job of portraying mental illness on screen. It was a refreshing take on the superhero genre.

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Joker Folie a Deux will try to follow its predecessor’s footsteps along with a fantastic score and some stunning visual mastery. Fans expect the sequel to start off from when Joker escapes Arkham Asylum where he was jailed.

The film has an official confirmed release date on October 4, 2024. While this might seem like a long time away, fans are excited for Joker Folie a Deux already!

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SOURCES: The Hollywood Reporter