The cast of Todd Phillips Joker after, Joker: Madness for two, was officially announced on August 4 thanks to a “cheeky” teaser featuring the silhouettes of Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga dancing to Louis Armstrong’s “Cheek to Cheek.” Not only did the news of the Oscar-winning singer taking on the role of Harley Quinn surprise many, but the additional revelation that the film would be a musical left most people baffled.
While it’s unusual for a sequel to switch genres, a musical would be a perfect way to highlight the twisted fantasy world Joker has created in his head, while also highlighting his relationship with Harley. It’s unclear if the movie will feature any original songs, but it’s safe to say that these classic picks would fit the bill perfectly.
ten People Are Strange – Doors
“People Are Strange” is arguably one of the best-known songs by American rock band The Doors. First released in 1967, the song received praise for its haunting melody and subversive lyrics. Lead singer Jim Morrison has also been credited with the success of the song, as his lead vocals are a hallmark of American music history.
The song itself is about feeling alienated from everyone and feeling like nobody cares. It can be seen both as a call for help, but also as a celebration of being unusual and marching to the beat of your own drum. This dichotomy perfectly describes Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker as he finds himself struggling and coming to terms with his inner issues.
9 Dream a little about me – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
In 1950, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong recorded their duet version of the popular love song “Dream a Little Dream of Me”. Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt and Gus Kahn first wrote the song in 1931, but it was Fitzgerald and Armstrong’s jazz-soaked version that has stood the test of time, recently being considered one of the best songs featured on stranger things season four.
With lyrics like “The Stars Are Fading, But I Linger” and “I Still Want Your Kiss” conveying feelings of deep adoration and obsession, this song would be a perfect opportunity to build momentum. unhealthy Harley with the Joker. Plus, the song’s jazz-heavy instrumentals would pair perfectly with Gaga’s crooning vocals.
8 You’re the boss – Elvis Presley & Ann-Margret
In 1964, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret co-starred in the musical film Long live Las Vegas. While the film’s title track is one of Elvis’ most notable songs, his duet with Ann-Margret is a seductive and catchy musical number that deals with shifting power dynamics in a relationship.
The relationship between Joker and Harley is unhealthy, as the power dynamic between the two is terribly one-sided. Harley’s role in the relationship and her obsession with Joker could be expanded using this song. His playful lyrics and subversive commentary would be an entertaining addition to the film, and seeing Phoenix and Gaga impersonating Elvis and Ann-Margret would be a must-watch moment. The song would work perfectly as a segway for Harley helping Joker escape, which is something many Redditors want to see happen. Joker: Madness for Two.
seven Mad World – Tears for Fears
Tears For Fears were a British pop rock band who achieved middling success until the release of their single “Mad World” in 1982. The tune combines the upbeat new wave tempo with a darker lyrical narrative. The song won acclaim for its unique composition and soulful vocal performance by bassist Curt Smith.
At Todd Phillips Joker, Arthur Fleck’s unaddressed psychological issues elicit intense depressive thoughts, which the song “Mad World” does an incredibly apt job of portraying those feelings. “Nobody Knew Me” and “Look Through Me” are two examples of lyrics from the song that appear to have been spoken by the desperate comedian. Also, the translation of Madness for Two The title literally means “madness for two”, which could refer to a lot of things in the sequel.
6 My Funny Valentine’s Day – Chet Baker
The song “My Funny Valentine” was a musical number in the Rodgers and Hart musical Girls in armswhich was first performed in 1937. Since then, the song has become a standard in the jazz genre, with hundreds of covers, including by Chet Baker in 1952.
“My Funny Valentine” is a romantic song that follows a lover listing his significant other’s many flaws, but remaining in love because of the laughter that person brings. Although Harley isn’t one to point out flaws in her puddin’, Gaga’s sultry vocals would bring such a haunting take on the song and including her would allow Harley’s character to show her reasoning behind her obsession. While there are plenty of DC properties that would work as a musical, Joker and Harley are the most deserving.
5 I want to be sedated – The Ramones
In 1978, the Ramones released their fourth studio album, Road to ruin. Their hit single, “I Wanna Be Sedated” is a punk rock anthem about the hectic life of touring and being a rock star. Not only is the song one of the band’s most popular songs, it is widely considered one of the best rock songs ever created.
With much of the sequel taking place in Arkham Asylum, the punk song’s lyrics fit perfectly. Staging a high-energy musical number within the walls of the hospital would make for quite an entertaining and inventive sequence. “Nothing to do, nowhere to go home, I want to be sedated” alludes to Arthur’s mandatory confinement in the facility.
4 Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Although Kaye Ballard sang the original 1954 recording of the popular song, “Fly Me to the Moon” is more commonly associated with Frank Sinatra’s 1964 cover. Considered a standard among jazz artists, the song is an ode to true love and the feeling of pure ecstasy when you surrender to your heart.
With lyrics like “You’re all I desire” and “All I worship and adore,” this upbeat, whimsical love song feels like it was made for Harley to sing. It could work as a confession to Joker about his true feelings or a plea for his feelings to be reciprocated by the Clown Prince of Crime.
3 You always hurt the one you love – The Mills Brothers
The Mills Brothers first released “You Always Hurt the One You Love” in 1944, which became one of the musical act’s biggest hits. Over the years, many notable artists including Connie Francis, Ringo Starr and Michael Bublé have covered the popular song proving its lasting effect.
The song is told from the perspective of someone who is constantly hurt by their lover, lamenting the constant battle between heartache and true love. This track would be an ideal song for Harley to sing for Joker, as the constant emotional abuse she suffers from him is alluded to in the lyrics. “You always take the sweetest rose and crush it until the petals fall, you always break the kindest heart with a hasty word you can’t remember” is an apt summary of the dynamics of the unhealthy relationship between the duo.
2 Put On A Happy Face – Tony Bennett
“Put on a Happy Face” is one of many songs from the hit 1960 Broadway musical goodbye birdie. Originally sung by Dick Van Dyke, the song saw greater success when Tony Bennett covered it in 1960. This upbeat song is about smiling in the face of adversity and staying positive.
With the obvious references to smiling, happy faces, there’s no song better suited to describe the Joker’s internal thought process. It’s damaged, it’s broken, but it stays positive no matter how bad the situation. The upbeat tempo would also be an interesting contrast to the dark subject matter of the film.
1 I’ve got you under my skin – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s version of the 1936 Cole Porter song is by far the best-known cover of the popular song. Sinatra’s raspy, authoritative voice makes for a wonderfully unique and sultry take on the standard. The song is about being unable to ignore growing feelings of affection towards someone, no matter how hard you try.
Lyrics including “I tried not to give in, I figured this thing would never go this well” could very well be Harley’s internal dialogue when she first finds herself in love with the Joker. Using this song in the film would be a delightful and whimsical way to convey Quinn’s obsession while simultaneously conveying Joker’s annoyance with his new lady.
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