After Joaquin Phoenix’s phenomenal turn in Joker, Lady Gaga is set to join him as Harley Quin in the sequel Joker: Folie a Deux. Set photos have been slowly coming online of Gaga in costume, but one shot of the ‘Gotham Examiner’ contextualizes the relationship in the movie.
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— ً (@HailEternal) March 26, 2023
The headline reads ‘Crazy in Love’ with a mugshot photo of Harleen Francis Quinzel and the sub-title reading “Joker has a New Love”. There’s also something about How to Raise Your Chances Playing Zango Tango, but I doubt that’s going to be relevant for the rest of the film.
Based on what we’ve seen, it looks like the relationship between Harley and Joker could be sensationalized, and we could be looking at a Harley who may have a different dynamic with this Joker. While the original Joker/Harley relationship was an abusive one where Harley loved the Joker but he only used her for his own personal gain; I think there could be a chance that Gaga’s Harley wants to use her relationship with Arthur to catapult herself to stardom.
It’s a major turning of the tables for a character like Harley, but it feels like something we can expect in this timeline. Besides, I never really figured director Todd Phillips would just want to retell the ‘Psychiatrist falls for her patient’ angle when it comes to a new version of Harley.
Then again, that’s just my guess.
Catch Joker: Folie a Deux when it hits theaters Oct. 4, 2024.