Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker

Todd Phillips, the man who let Joaquin Phoenix do whatever-the-fuck that was for 122 mins, is eyeing off more DC Comics Origins Opportunities.

On Oct. 7, Joker director Todd Phillips headed into Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich’s office, buoyed by the film’s $96.2 million opening-weekend haul. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter he proposed an outsized idea — the rights to develop a portfolio of DC characters’ origin stories.

Emmerich balked.

After all, Warner Bros. is very protective of the DC canon. And all other DC deals have been for one film, and one film only. But Phillips did emerge from the meeting with the rights to at least one other DC story, sources say. And now that Joker has crossed the $1 billion mark, a sequel is on the way.

As The Joker keep raking in the millions in overseas it appears a Joker sequel is inevitable.

Joker marks the fourth DC title to cross $1 billion, following in the footsteps of 2018’s Aquaman ($1.15 billion), 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion) and 2008’s The Dark Knight ($1 billion). But its $60 million budget is far less than those previous films, so it is almost assured of generating profits of more than $500 million (Warners has a 50 percent stake, while Village Roadshow and Bron Studios each have 25 percent).

This generated a sizeable Christmas bonus for Phillips. With sources saying he was gifted a cool little $100 million for his efforts.

Does Todd Phillips have what it takes to do Batman’s Rogues Gallery justice?

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