Warner Bros. has greenlit development of a sequel to the blockbuster Joker - as well as other, similiar origin films for DC characters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Joker co-writer/director Todd Phillips reportedly pitched a multi-film series of "DC characters' origin stories" last month on October 7, the Monday after his film's $96.2 million opening domestic weekend. According to THR, Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich turned down the bigger plan but did reportedly grant Phillips the rights to "at least one other DC" story. But now, a month and change later, the studio has reportedly begun talks with Phillips to co-write (with the original's Scott Silver) and direct a Joker sequel as well.
In public interviews, both Phillips and lead actor Joaquin Phoenix have been non-committal about a sequel, but THR reports that Phoenix's contract for the original film included options for sequels.
In addition, Phillips will reportedly earn "close to $100 million" for the Joker "when the dust has settled," as he allegedly deferred his upfront salary for a portion of the adjusted gross.
THR reporter Tatiana Siegel speculates that Phillips "would be well suited" for origin movies centered on Darkseid or Lex Luthor, but did not report having any insider knowledge on that front.
Phillips has previously stated that during the development of Joker, he pitched the film as the flagship of a new line of DC films titled "DC Black."
Editor's Note: Since the reporting of this story, another Hollywood trade has come out calling THR's reporting "flat false." Newsarama wrote about it here
The Hollywood Reporter's anonymously-sourced article reporting of a Joker sequel and other DC origins films by writer/director Todd Phillips has been called out as "clickbait" and "flat false" by competing Hollywood trade Deadline.
Citing their own anonymous sources, Deadline reports that there are "no deals... nor even any negotiations" with Phillips for a Joker sequel. They go on to say that the THR-reported October 7 meeting between Phillips and Warner Bros. Pictures Chairman Toby Emmerich never occurred.
Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. goes on to say that Phillips "hasn't even considered overseeing other DC character films."