Lady Gaga to DC Comics Says, “Hold My Hand.” The Oscar-winning singer and actress has confirmed she will join Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillips’ musical sequel to the 2019 blockbuster. joker. Gaga posted an early teaser for Joker: Folie à Deux — expected in theaters on October 4, 2024 — on Twitter that has been scored to the Irving Berlin standard “Cheek to Cheek” and shows silhouettes of the stars from the film performing some serious dance moves.
Rumors that Gaga would be joining the joker universe first surfaced in June, with The Hollywood Reporter suggesting she would play a new incarnation of Harley Quinn – the Joker’s murderous girlfriend currently played by Margot Robbie in the DC Extended Universe and Kaley Cuoco in HBO’s beloved animated series Max. While the House of Gucci star did not confirm those reports in her Twitter post, the teaser concludes with an image of Phoenix and Gaga dancing… well, cheek to cheek. That certainly suggests a love affair between Joker and Harley.
The joker 2 teaser drop comes as Warner Bros. Discovery tries to move forward with the messy fallout around the sudden stretching of batgirl, a near-completed HBO Max feature starring Leslie Grace as the titular heroine and Michael Keaton as the version of Batman that first appeared on the big screen in 1989. Grace recently commented on the decision, praising the cast and crew of the film and thanked supporters for their support. “THANK YOU for the love and faith that allowed me to take on the cape and, as Babs put it best, ‘my own goddamn hero!’ #Batgirl for life!”
When joker premiered in 2019, both Phillips and Phoenix indicated it would be a one-off experiment. But after the film hit the billion-dollar milestone at the worldwide box office and won its star a best actor statue, a sequel became inevitable. According to the cover, Joker: Folie à Deux — which refers to the psychiatric condition known as “shared psychosis” — will largely take place at Arkham Asylum, where Phoenix’s Clown Prince of Crime was imprisoned at the end of the original film. In DC Comics lore, Arkham is also where the Joker first psychiatrist Dr. Harleen meets Quinzel, who later becomes Harley Quinn.
Gaga’s surprising announcement is already bringing music and comics fans together on Twitter.
Joker: Folie à Deux will premiere in theaters October 4, 2024