‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ Gets R-Rating For Nudity And Violence

The sequel to ‘Joker,’ titled ‘Joker: Folie á Deux,’ has been given an R-rating by the censor board due to its depiction of violence and nudity. The upcoming film will once again feature Joaquin Phoenix reprising his role as the Joker, with the addition of Lady Gaga portraying a similar character.

The board cited disturbing visuals, extreme violence, full brief nudity and s*xually explicit content as reasons for the rating. Interestingly, the original ‘Joker’ film in 2019 also received an R-rating but went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year globally, despite being geared towards adult audiences.

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Joker: Folie à Deux R-Rating
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Director Todd Phillips shared insights into his vision for the film, revealing that convincing the studio to embrace his gritty, R-rated approach was a challenging task. He explained, “It was a yearlong process from when we finished the script just to get the new people on board with this vision because I pitched it to an entirely different team than made it.”

Phillips recounted facing hurdles such as concerns over merchandise sales, including Joker pyjamas at Target but ultimately appreciated the studio’s boldness in supporting his vision.

Lady Gaga unveiled the first poster for ‘Joker: Folie á Deux’ on her Instagram account, much to the delight of DC fans. The poster captures Phoenix and Gaga’s characters engaged in a dance under the moonlight, hinting at the film’s musical elements and the shared mental illness of the protagonists.

With anticipation building among fans, the trailer for the film is set to be released on 9th April, while the movie will premiere in theatres on 4th October.