Crazy Stupid Love Directors Hired for The Joker and Harley Quinn Spin-Off


The DC extended universe looks to be getting even more crowded this week as hot on the heels of the announcement of a Joker origin movie, we have news that there is also another Joker-related film in the works at Warner Brothers. This one will reportedly focus on The Joker and Harley Quinn and unlike the Joker prequel it will actually bring back Jared Leto to reprise his role from Suicide Squad along with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. From what we are hearing this is not the same as the previously announced Gotham City Sirens project which was also supposed to revolve around Harley Quinn (David Ayer is still attached to direct that one). Confused yet? Me too. Hit the jump to try and piece together the details.

According to THR, filmmaking duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in final negotiations to write and direct an untitled DC movie that would star Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn. Ficarra and Requa have worked with Warner Brothers on a couple of previous films including the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love and the heist thriller Focus (the latter of which starred Margot Robbie). Most recently they directed Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and worked as writers and producers on the TV show This is Us.

The Joker / Harley Quinn movie is being described as “an insane and twisted love story… When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine” although it is unclear if it will connect directly to their other DC movies. This week director Matt Reeves also revealed that The Batman standalone film will not be a part of the DCEU and it seems like the studio is trying to attract big name talent by giving them the freedom to do what they want with these characters without being tied to an established continuity. It’s a good idea, although it also seems like they are putting as many of these projects as possible into development because they know that some will inevitably fall through. Do you think a Joker / Harley Quinn standalone movie has the potential to be great?

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  • Jake

    I would love to be a fly on the wall for the DCEU meetings.

  • Skewed_View

    Maybe they’re just going to start going the route of their animated films, where they just make a story here and a story there, and none of them are connected.
    Or maybe when they say a movie will not be part of the DCEU, they mean you won’t have to see the other films as prerequisites to follow the story, and you won’t have to set up other movies either.
    If it’s the latter, I’m all on board for that.

  • Flo Lieb

    No one needs a Harley Quinn movie. Let alone two.

    Stop it, DC. Just… stop it.

  • Anthony

    Nothing makes sense anymore.