Joaquin Phoenix Being Replaced In Joker 2 Behind The Scenes Photos?

Recent behind-the-scenes pictures of Joker 2 show another actor playing the Joker alongside Joaquin Phoenix.

By Melissa Murphy | Updated

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Joker: Folie à Deux, set to be released by DC Studios in October 2024, has just begun filming. Fans recently got a sneak peek of the Joker himself with the You Were Never Really Here actor Joaquin Phoenix reprising the role for the upcoming Joker 2. However, when Films to Films took to Twitter to share photos from filming, a second Joker made some people worried Joaquin Phoenix could be replaced.

In the photos, fans could see Joaquin Phoenix on the set of Joker 2 donning Arthur Fleck’s signature rumpled look. The actor took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles with a curly hairdo, untucked shirt, and smeared clown makeup. The images showed the actor sprinting down the street.

Beside him was a much more polished-looking Joker character. Complete with a bright red suit, wavy green hair, and immaculately done clown make-up, Joaquin Phoenix’s character looks even more dusty and rumpled by comparison. These two Jokers have many questioning what could be going on in the scene.

Many believe the beloved clown got himself in a bit of trouble while others speculate Joaquin Phoenix’s character could be getting replaced. Filming for the upcoming installment started last December and is set to wrap up this April. Just last weekend, crews took to downtown LA for filming. 

While the release of Joker: Folie à Deux is still over a year away, seeing everyone’s favorite disgraced clown got fans excited for the prospect of seeing Joaquin Phoenix on the big screen again, with many taking to the thread to share their anticipation for the film.

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If the photo’s response on Twitter is any indication, Joaquin Phoenix and Joker 2 are likely to be a huge success. The director of the original Joker, Todd Phillips, is returning for the sequel and has so far managed to keep the plot under wraps. However, that doesn’t stop fans from speculating what the film could be about. 

The title Folie à Deux refers to a mental illness or delusion shared by two people. This has led many to believe that Harley Quinn and the Joker could be seen up to no good together in the upcoming film. Fans can expect Lady Gaga to be taking on the role of the Joker’s infamous henchwoman for Joker 2. 

Fans will see a star-studded lineup for the newest installment. Along with Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix, unconfirmed reports also put Zazie Beetz, Catherine Keener, Harry Lawtey, and Jacob Lofland on the cast list for Joker 2. The original Joker film still sits today as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, leading many to believe that the sequel could do even better. 

Many fans may be wondering where Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker 2 will fit into the DC Universe. Movies and TV shows that do not align with the main cinematic universe are released under the new “Elseworlds” banner. Mat Reeves The Batman trilogy also fall under this banner. 

Under the masterful leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran, DC has been revamped over the past couple of months. With many new films on the horizon including The Flash, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom, and Superman: Legacy, fans of the studio have a lot to look forward to.