‘Joker’ sequel starring Lady Gaga gets R rating and full nudity



Because so serious?

“Joker: Folie à Deux” received an R rating, according to the MPA’s daily report card, for “some strong violence, extensive language, some sexuality and brief full nudity.”

The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga, is a sequel to 2019’s “Joker,” which was also rated R, but not because it left too much skin exposed.

An R rating is pretty rare in the world of comic book movies. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of 33 films, only “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2” received that rating.

Lady Gaga will play Harley Quinn in the new R-rated “Joker” sequel. Warner Bros.

Racy themes are a little more common in the old DC Extended Universe (of which “Joker” and its sequel exist separately): “Birds of Prey,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and “The Suicide Squad” are rated R .

Despite requiring adult supervision for any ticket buyers under 17, “Joker” grossed more than $1 billion worldwide — the first R-rated film to do so. Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Actor.

In director Todd Phillips’ Best Picture-nominated follow-up to “Joker,” Phoenix, 49, returns as the creepy Arthur Fleck and is joined by Lady Gaga, 38, as Harley Quinn.

“Folie à Deux” will also star Zazie Betz, Catherine Keener, Brendan Gleeson, Steve Coogan and Harry Lawtey.

Joaquin Phoenix, right, won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Arthur Fleck in “Joker: Folie à Deux.” Warner Bros.

According to Variety, the film it will be a jukebox musical with at least 15 covers. One tune is said to be “That’s Entertainment” from 1953’s “The Band Wagon.”

“I think people will be surprised” Beetz told the trade. “I don’t think it’s going to be what they expect, as far as it being musical.”

“We all express ourselves musically and dancing in our lives every day,” he added. “I think it’s going to work very well.”

“Joker: Folie à Deux” hits theaters on October 4.

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