If reports are to be believed, Joaquin Phoenix is set to reprise his now-iconic role as Joker, in an apparent sequel for the DC franchise.

With the 2019 Oscar-winning movie performing so well at the box office, not to mention the lauded reviews it received, there's been plenty of internet talk over the past few years about whether the Todd Phillips-directed film would spawn a franchise or remain a one-off entity of its own.

According to Heroic Hollywood, a follow-up will make its way into cinemas, says one insider. It's claimed that a first draft script has already made its way to Warner Bros., with the sequel set for a 2023 shoot.

With the above details only having been spoken of this week, naturally, there's absolutely no detail on anything resembling a plot or who else may appear in it. Aside from Phoenix allegedly returning as the main character (obviously) there's sadly nothing else to go on as of yet.

Joker, upon its release back in October of 2019, was a commercial and critical hit. It made in excess of $1 billion worldwide, with a plethora of reviews that praised Phoenix's performance as the iconic comic book villain. It was nominated for 11 Oscars at the 2020 ceremony, picking up two for Phoenix's outstanding portrayal in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role category as well as a gong for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score).

The original movie also starred Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Bill Camp, and Bret Cullen and it is unknown if any will reprise their role. 

Alongside Joker operating outside the realms of the DCEU, Matt Reeves’ upcoming version of The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, will also take more of a solo and disconnected approach to the story of The Dark Knight.

The Batman is in theatres from March 4, 2022.