Joker: Folie à Deux is shaping up to be an even more unique comic book film than its predecessor, which focused on the origin tale of the Clown Prince of Crime to award-winning effect. As the film concluded, many speculated that a sequel might include Batman himself, maybe portraying a youthful Dark Knight at the start of his crimefighting career colliding with Joaquin Phoenix’s much older foe.
The second part, however, will defy expectations by casting Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn and turning it into a full-fledged musical, and thanks to some somewhat muted covert footage, we now know what type of songs they’ll be singing:
The song seems to be “We’re a Couple of Swells,” which was first sung by Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in the 1948 film Easter Parade. The original song, written by Golden Age musical master Irving Berlin, depicts the duo as down-and-out comedic tramps dreaming about the sumptuous life led by the mega-rich.
We’re hoping that Folie à Deux goes for the jugular and sees the happy pair join up to knock Gotham’s one percenters down a peg or two. Whereas the first film depicted the world through the eyes of Arthur Fleck, the sequel will depict the world through the eyes of Harley Quinn’s romantic musical dreams.
As a result, we could hear a lot more vintage Hollywood musical numbers in the finished film. Is it too much to want for Phoenix to provide a weird A Clockwork Orange-style remake of “Singin’ in the Rain?”