Doubt surrounds the potential of a Joker sequel, with conflicting reports emerging 2 weeks ago

Doubt surrounds the potential of a Joker sequel, with conflicting reports emerging

Reports emerged on Wednesday that a Joker sequel starring Joaquin Phoenix was confirmed, but now it appears that it's not so black and white.

The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday claimed that a deal was done between Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips, and a fairly major deal at that.

Details of the proposed deal stated that director Todd Phillips had signed on for a sequel to the extremely popular comic book movie, and that Joaquin Phoenix had agreed to star in it.

It also stated that Phillips had left a meeting with Warner Bros. having received the rights to another character from the DC universe.

But just as fans began to get excited about seeing more of Phoenix as Joker, these reports were dismissed by Deadline.

Deadline said that "at this point there are no deals for a sequel, nor even any negotiations with director Todd Phillips or his co-writer Scott Silver to craft one."

They continued to rubbish the other claims made by The Hollywood Reporter, saying that "Phillips doesn’t want to follow Joker by overseeing other DC character films."

Ouch.

It's hard to know who to believe here. What we do know is that Joker made an absolutely insane amount of money, and any production company would be mad not to try and cash in on that level of fan-love for a second time.

Time will tell.