Joker 2 was recently announced and there’s a lot of talk about where the direction of the sequel could go. Most notably, Gotham City felt like a true character in the original release, even though plenty of famous locations from the comics weren’t portrayed on screen. Even then, there was an aura to the city that felt authentic.
Joker 2 provides the creators with an opportunity to push the boat out and see which other areas they might be able to squeeze in. Of course, Crime Alley and Arkham Asylum, alongside Wayne Manor, all proved to be important areas for Arthur Fleck to journey to. However, there are even more locales in Gotham that would be amazing to see in the sequel.
The Waynes became a focal point of the original Joker, with Thomas supposedly fathering lead Arthur Fleck. Wayne Tower is a symbol of wealth and power for Gotham City, but perhaps also one of corruption as well, considering the reputation that Thomas has begun to build.
Down the line, the tower is also vital for Batman’s escapades, but without the Caped Crusader to battle against throughout Joker 2, Wayne Tower could very much still be used in a representative manner. It’s a foreshadowing of what will be and a declaration of the status quo that this iteration of the Joker is so willing to tear down.
The Gotham City Police Department were somewhat featured in Joker although more as a force of power for the people to rise against. How they will react to the return of the Joker in the sequel is anyone’s guess, but the GCPD building itself might come into play.
Is Gordon on the force at this time? Who knows. But the GCPD HQ is surely going to be a target for anyone wanting to rock the order of things and stand up to a powerful entity. Much like Wayne Tower, the Headquarters of the Police is once again a symbol of the brutality of Gotham. Will the villains the Joker battles against actually be the police?
The Batcave is a staple of the Batman franchise and has a rightful place within the Joker series. But with Wayne still very much in his youth, unless there’s a time jump, is there reasonably going to be an appearance of the most important Batman location? Well perhaps!
Wayne Manor has been established, what if Joker was to infiltrate the building through a secret tunnel beneath the foundations? It ironically could be the Clown Prince of Crime that discovers the Batcave first, adding an intriguing twist to the story as the original did.
The Iceberg Lounge has been featured more and more in the Batman mythos recently, as a hub of crime in Gotham City. The Joker is slowly entrenching himself in the criminal underworld too, so the Iceberg Lounge would be a natural location to include.
On top of this, with the Wayne Foundation potentially involved in some corrupt affairs, there could be further ties between the family and the Lounge itself. Ultimately, this stands as a statement that more so than ever, the crime lords run the streets of Gotham and the Joker is only going to add to that trouble
Amusement Mile and the Joker go hand in hand. It’s a creepy, forgotten theme park that can be adjusted to meet the Harlequin of Hate’s most cruel desires. It’s also an area that Harley Quinn has used in the past, she will be making her debut in the sequel.
With the Joker running riot in Gotham once again, this once popular tourist destination could perhaps become the base of operations for an evolving villain. It would fit with the tone of the first effectively, with a sinister undertone permeating the location. It might also be a great setup for a musical number involving the ominous whimsicality of the situation.
Haly’s Circus was the home of Dick Grayson before his parents were tragically killed and he packs up to join Batman as his sidekick. It’s also an area that the Joker has revisited, as a way to mess with Grayson’s head. The existence of the Circus in Joker 2 would help to set up the future of this Batman universe.
Fans of Gotham City know that Haly’s Circus comes to represent the heyday of the city itself and the eventual collapse of everything that was once decent. It was an innocent time, with a murky underworld no one quite knew about. It would be interesting to see if Joker were to integrate with Haly’s Circus as well, considering the standup performances of the character.
In plenty of variations of the Joker’s origins story, Ace Chemicals provides the much-needed kick to push the clown into madness. It’s also how Joker completes his transformation of Harley Quinn, who will be gaining her own origin story with Joker 2.
With this combination of characters, it would be unusual to ignore the presence of Ace Chemicals completely, especially since it was a non-factor in the first film. It’s a hub of narratives for the Joker, but not for Arthur Fleck, who never suited up as Red Hood in his early career.
Joker concluded with Fleck imprisoned in Arkham Asylum, gaining the help he desperately needed. It’s unclear whether the whole film was set inside the Asylum, the rich imagination of Arthur painting in the details. But with the crime lord taking his first steps, Blackgate could come into play in the sequel.
Joker could very easily amass an army, and those who feel they have been wronged by the system, those in Blackgate, would be the perfect foot soldiers. The question is, with Arkham seemingly still the main location of importance, is another prison necessary for the narrative?
Gotham City has plenty of dark secrets that only some fans are aware of. One of them is that the city has a difficult past, with several mystical influences and sinister plots baked into the creation of Gotham itself. Multiple versions of the city have a hidden underground network.
Wonder City has been one such interpretation but there have been others, with the Children of Arkham and the Court of Owls taking advantage of the infrastructure. Joker might be able to unleash this underworld in Joker 2, adding a slightly new twist to the narrative fans are familiar with.
The Clocktower is a crucial aspect of the Birds of Prey, which operate throughout Gotham City. It’s the headquarters of Batgirl and Oracle before and has served as a perfect base for other vigilantes seeking to protect the innocent bystanders on those corrupt streets.
Joker and Barbara Gordon have a long history and it would be interesting to see Batgirl established before Batman in a surprising deviation from the traditional. The Clocktower’s mere inclusion would be a great nod to the future and one of the darkest stories ever involving the Joker.
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