DC fans have been skeptical of news revolving around the music icon Lady Gaga’s involvement with the upcoming Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux, in which the singer is bound to play the role of Harley Quinn. However, Joker director Todd Phillips has recently shared our first official look at Lady Gaga as the aforementioned character alongside another glimpse on Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.
This pretty much confirms the Oscar and Grammy-winning singer-actress’ rumored role, seeing as the Instagram post involved an intimate close-up look on the titular protagonists, as well as the director’s caption of “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
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Gaga’s version of Harley Quinn definitely shocked DC fans upon this announcement, some still in disbelief that the casting is no fever dream. In fact, other fans are already claiming Warner Bros.'s doom, forecasting failure on the long-awaited sequel to the 2019 Joker film. Check out some of the fan reactions below:
While it is understandable how Gaga’s appearance in Joker 2 is confusing, seeing as Margot Robbie is already established as the Joker’s partner in crime, this version of Quinn is more on Phoenix’s different take on their relationship. After all, Joker 2 is reported to be a musical, which sets up Gaga’s role in the film perfectly.
Margot Robbie fans even tweeted on the thought of having to see yet another Quinn go through an abusive relationship with the Batman villain. Robbie’s Harley Quinn thankfully got her redemption arc in Birds of Prey after finally discovering herself outside her aforementioned relationship.
So, while Gaga’s officially confirmed to be a part of the franchise now, fans remain skeptical on whether the actress would do a good job as Harley, and whether the Joker 2 relationship is actually necessary to make. But hopefully, Gaga’s Harley Quinn version is a bit more nuanced, considering the history of many previous Harley Quinn’s that came before her.
DC’s Joker: Folie à Deux is currently slated for release in theaters on October 4, 2024.