The release dates for the movies Joker: Folie à Deux and The Batman – Part II were carefully chosen to avoid potential problems and competition between the two films. Both movies have been very successful, and it’s hard to say which sequel audiences are more excited about. The excitement for The Batman may have even increased anticipation for Joker 2 because of the similarities between the two series.
Although the movies don’t exist in the same universe, there are still some complications when it comes to characters. For example, Joker 2 introduces Two-Face, which could create conflicts if The Batman – Part II also plans to use that character. However, both movies have one character they can’t avoid featuring: the Joker.
To prevent the two Jokers from being directly compared and creating a competition, Joker: Folie à Deux is set to release almost a year before The Batman – Part II. This gives Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker some time before Barry Keoghan’s version arrives. While comparisons will still be made, it will be more about how each Joker fits into the overall live-action universe and which previous Joker they resemble the most. This is preferable to having two versions compete against each other because they were released too closely.
Besides avoiding a competition between the Jokers, there are other benefits to having a longer gap between the releases of Joker: Folie à Deux and The Batman – Part II. Both movies have created unique versions of Gotham City, with similar visual designs but different effects. Joker portrays Gotham as a volatile place with citizens ready to riot, while The Batman shows a more hopeful picture due to the interactions of Pattinson’s hero with the people. By spacing out the releases, the movies can continue to enhance and develop their respective worlds without muddling each other’s vision.
In summary, the release dates of Joker: Folie à Deux and The Batman – Part II were carefully planned to avoid competition and conflicts between the two movies. By giving the Jokers some distance and allowing each film to focus on its own unique version of Gotham City, the movies can better succeed and maintain their individual identities.