The Major Creative Force Behind 'Joker' Is Returning For The Sequel

Todd Phillips is returning to write the script for Joker 2, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.

Phillips was the director and co-writer of the original film, which starred Joaquin Phoenix and told an origin story for the famed Batman villain. While courting controversy over its sympathetic portrait of a violent criminal, Joker went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time and earned 11 Oscar nominations. Phoenix won best actor for portraying the eponymous character.

For his part in making the film, Phillips earned three Academy Award nominations, for best director, best adapted screenplay and best picture as one of the producers on the film.

It makes sense, then, that Warner Bros. would want to bring the team back together after such a smashing success on the first go-round. There is no word yet on plot details for the forthcoming film, but to this point, the Joker universe has remained separate from the larger DC Extended Universe of characters, which includes Jared Leto's version of the Joker.

With the Matt Reeves-directed, Robert Pattinson-starring The Batman also on the way, it seems Warners may be hedging its bets by keeping some of its most popular characters separate for now. Of course, that does not mean they won't come together in the future.

Regardless of how it comes together, it is sure to be appointment viewing for film fans whenever it debuts, a fact Twitter was quick to point out: