In the aftermath of Warner Brothers shocking U-Turn on 'Batgirl', some news has quickly trickled out about the 'Joker' sequel's release.

The sequel to the 2019 film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular clown prince of crime will release on October 4, 2024. The official title of the movie is 'Joker: Folie á Deux'.

Phoenix will return to his role as the Joker, with reports saying Lady Gaga was in talks to join the cast as Harley Quinn.

Director Todd Phillips confirmed the sequel last month by posting a picture on Instagram of the script's front page with the title shown. Alongside that was an image of Phoenix reading the script.

The original 'Joker' re-imagined the infamous Batman villain in a grittier and more realistic light. The central character, Arthur Fleck, played by Phoenix, is a struggling comedian who, through extreme violence, rails against the system which has kept him at the bottom of society.

The movie was a far cry from the usual superhero clichés and took the character in a wildly new direction. As a result, 'Joker' received widespread critical acclaim and secured 12 Oscar nominations, winning two - Best Actor for Phoenix and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir.

However, the film was not without its criticism too, with many pointing to the lack of depth to the film's script and the dangerous messages it threw out. Martin Scorsese even commented on what he thought of the film, "I saw clips of it… I know it. So it's like, why do I need to? I get it. It's fine."

'Joker: Folie á Deux' releases in cinemas on October 4, 2024.