The Joker and Harley Quinn Movie Gets a Very Weird Update

Lewis Collier
September 25, 2018

Back in August of a year ago it was reported that Warner Bros. had enlisted Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love, This Is Us) to write and direct a Joker vs. Harley Quinn movie - one of numerous projects in development at DC Films featuring one or both of its titular two villains. However, some may be surprised to hear that Ficarra and Requa already have a script for this potential spin-off.

This week has been loaded with huge news for DC Comics movies, with The Joker spinoff movie starting to film and the Harley Quinn-led Birds of Prey cast shaping up. "It is great", Ficarra says. Played by Dr. Phil hopefully.

Speaking to Metro US, the pair said the script feels like a mash-up of Bad Santa and This Is Us - both of which they actually wrote. "We kind of meshed them together", Ficarra told The Metro. "It was a lot of fun".

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But I don't know when they are going to do it. But even while that Joker film moves forward, DC and Warner Bros. are still working on that other Joker movie-the one starring a returning Jared Leto as the version of The Joker first seen in Suicide Squad, flanked by Margot Robbie's version of Harley Quinn. Since that film was released, critics and audiences were heavily mixed on Leto's portrayal of the Clown Prince of Gotham while there was near-unanimous praise for Robbie's portrayal of Harley Quinn, with many singling her out as the highlight of the film. When it came time to pen their Joker and Harley movie, they made a decision to blend the sensibilities of those two very different projects together. The two stated their Harley Quinn and Joker movie combines those tones. Also, Harley Quinn is set to appear in the upcoming Birds of Prey, which will be directed by Cathy Yan.

In the meantime, fans of the infamous Batman villain have plenty to look forward to in director Todd Phillips' "Joker" starring Phoenix, set for release October 4, 2019.

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