Joaquin Phoenix is set to reprise the DC’s most intriguing character on-screen, with pop star Lady Gaga playing his love interest in Joker 2. However, DC fans can’t stomach the latest update on the musical that will surely startle many enthusiasts.

Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix as Joker (image via Todd Phillips’ Instagram)

It has been reported that Joker 2 will have around 15 cover songs, and the update isn’t blowing fans away. Compared to the first triumphant film with a 55-60 million budget, the sequel is worth three times as much. The report also suggests that Oscar-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir will again incorporate her standout and stripped-back score into Joker 2.

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker 2 Will Reportedly Have 15 Cover Songs: DC Fans Aren’t Delighted

While many of us anticipate Joaquin Phoenix‘s return as the Clown Prince of Crime and the addition of  Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn, hardcore DC fans didn’t seem to be overjoyed with the latest news about the upcoming musical. As reported by Variety, Joker 2 or Joker: Folie À Deux will be “mostly a jukebox musical” with almost 15 cover songs.

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Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in 'Joker: Folie à Deux'
Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in Joker 2 (image via Todd Phillips’ Instagram)

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The exact details about the “very well-known” songs are not disclosed, but it’s claimed that Joker 2 will include That’s Entertainment from the 1953 musical The Band Wagon as one of the 15 covers. However, fans didn’t express any excitement about this news, as they believed Warner Bros. is spending too much on this musical, compared to the first film, which made over $1 billion (via Box office Mojo) despite its comparatively low budget.

The upcoming sequel results from the highly successful Joker, which also won Joaquin Phoenix an Academy Award for Best Actor and Guðnadóttir for Best Original Score. Joker 2 has a star-studded cast, and just as the musical’s budget, the salaries of the leading actors are also insane. According to Variety, the Poker Face singer and the Napoleon star are being paid $12 million each.

Joker 2 Director Todd Phillips Reveals When The Musical’s First Trailer Will be Released

This time, Joker 2 will not only feature DC’s most deranged villain and his crazy acts but also his equally insane lover Harley Quinn. The musical will depict how the two most complex characters fell in love at Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum.

Joker 2
Joker 2

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Director Todd Phillips kept fans updated with his film’s progress through social media, and last month, a fan enquired about the trailer through comments on his Instagram post, to which Phillips said:

“Been getting this question a lot. The movie comes out in October. So our first teaser won’t be out until mid-April.”

This means that Joker 2‘s trailer is set for next month, and fans will finally catch a glimpse of Phoenix’s film. Before Lady Gaga secured Harley Quinn’s role, Margot Robbie played it in Suicide Squad. Considering the Barbie star’s performance, fans expect a phenomenal portrayal from the singer.

Joker 2 will come out on October 4, 2024.

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