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Step Aside ‘La La Land,’ This ‘Joker’ Poster Was an Omen For the Future

Can't read my, can't read my, no he can't read my Joker face.

Joker dancing on the stairs.

When it was announced that Todd Phillips’ Joker would be getting a sequel, few were surprised. After all, the gritty saga grossed $1 billion worldwide, and netted an Academy Award for best actor for its star, Joaquin Phoenix. But few expected that the sequel, titled Joker: Folie à deux, would be a musical. Phoenix could be joined by Lady Gaga, who would play Harley Quinn in the film (although a Harley from a different universe than Margot Robbie’s character). It’s a shocking turn of events for the sequel that has taken most fans by surprise. Most fans, that is, except for artist BossLogic, who made fan art about this exact film years ago.

BossLogic’s original parody poster was posted in 2017, and although he just had the character names in place of the actors, it’s still eerily prescient. Fans responded to the poster, both celebrating BossLogic’s peek into the future and jokingly cursing him for giving us yet another Joker movie.

And you have to admit, it’s a pretty brilliant idea for a sequel. After all, Joker already has a massive fan base, ensuring it will be a box office success. But the addition of Lady Gaga and her fandom will push many more people to see the film than would have before. This movie has the potential to be a massive success or an absolute mess, and either way, audiences are here for it. Just the idea of a Joker musical with Lady Gaga has sent the internet joke factory into overdrive. Here’s some of the best responses to the film’s announcement:

As someone who actively disliked Joker and had zero plans to see the sequel, I must admit that this twist has got me good. I love musicals and Gaga, but more importantly, I love a big budget, hubristic hot mess. Damn you Todd Phillips, you got me again!

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.