Warner Bros. has officially announced the untitled Harley Quinn Vs. the Joker movie that will see Jared Leto and Margot Robbie reprise their roles. Glenn Ficara and John Requa, directors and executive producers for the NBC drama, This is Us are reportedly in the final negotiations to write and helm the project. The news comes just 24 hours after Warner Bros. Announced that they were making a standalone Joker origin story, which is expected to take place outside of the DCEU. Since the standalone movie would not be within the DCEU, Leto will not be attached, which is for good reason since he will be starring in his own Joker movie alongside Harley Quinn.
The news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter and they also say that the Joker and Harley Quinn movie will take place after the sequel to Suicide Squad, which begs the question: do we really need another Suicide Squad in our lives? Regardless, the movie is officially happening and it's sure to add a bunch of confusion about these two new movies that will include the Clown Prince of Crime. The movie is being described as, you guessed it - a "criminal love story."
The new movie, unlike the Joker origin story project, will take place within the DC Extended Universe alongside The Batman, which actually might not be a part of the DCEU either... Confused yet? DC and Warner Bros. seem to be jumping the gun here yet again by setting up a new universe that will be outside of the DCEU while simultaneously trying to retool the upcoming Justice League movie and trying to figure what exactly Matt Reeves' take on The Batman will be. All of this news seems a little premature, but Wonder Woman seems to have gotten DC and Warner Bros. all hot and bothered about making a slew of new movies.
There are now potentially five movies in various stages of development that will include the Joker and four that are set to include Harley Quinn. So, if you're not sick of the Margot Robbie Harley Quinn Halloween costume yet, you will be very soon. Or if you're not already tired of what method acting weirdness that Leto is going to bring to the table this time, you will be and it's coming sooner rather than later. Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, Joker origin story, Joker and Harley Quinn, and potentially Flashpoint if the movie visits the Wayne family story arc. Whew...
So, there we have it, it's official: Joker and Harley Quinn are getting their own twisted, violent romance movie. Do fans want to see it? Probably, but the market is about to get flooded with these characters over the next few years and this whole new timeline outside of the DCEU is sure to cause a giant headache for fans. Hope you like your Joker and Harley Quinn, because you're about to overdose on them. Still confused? I think Ryan J. Downey over at PopCurse says it best:
GUYS, IT'S SIMPLE! Joker origin & Joker spinoff w/ Harley Q & Harley Q spinoff w/ Joker & Birds of Prey & Suicide Squad 2 w/ Joker/Harley &— Ryan J. Downey (@ryandowney) August 24, 2017