Put a smile on that face! Because Margot Robbie and her puddin’ Jared Leto are starring in the untitled Warner Bros. movie about the Joker and Harley Quinn.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers of the hit NBC drama This Is Us and who also wrote and helmed the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, are entering the DC cinematic universe at Warner Bros. The duo previously worked with Robbie when they wrote and directed the 2015 heist movie Focus and the 2016 war comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Both Leto and Robbie will return to their villain roles that they played in DC’s 2016 super-villain mash-up Suicide Squad. Details surrounding the movie is scarce, except that we know that it’s a project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn. The film is described as a “criminal love story,” according to one source. One insider offered this: “an insane and twisted love story. When Harry Met Sally on Benzedrine.”
Warner Bros. have their plate full when it comes to DC projects. Insiders say that the plan is for the Joker and Harley Quinn movie to go after the studio makes a sequel to Suicide Squad. The latter is on the development fast-track and out to directors. However, the Joker and Harley Quinn movie is also moving fast as Warner Bros. has to work on a deadline with actors’ holding agreements, say sources.
That’s not all though. Warner Bros. recently announced a standalone Joker origin movie that is being developed, but will not star Leto. And another Ayer (Suicide Squad director) and Robbie project is in the works with the female DC villains movie Gotham City Sirens. This is based on a comic series launched by DC in 2009 with the Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.
It’s quite evident that Warner Bros. has been attempting to exploit the DC characters far beyond the basic Batman and Superman characters. This strategy will distinguish Warner Bros. superhero movies from those of competitors, namely Disney, which has a highly interconnected Marvel universe of films as well as Star Wars. And the company succeeded with the impressive performance of “Wonder Woman” as the fourth installment in the studio’s DC Extended Universe, which launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” followed by last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.”
Among other projects are Justice League, which will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as The Cyborg with Zack Snyder directing, coming November 17. And the sixth entry is the Aquaman standalone movie, starring Momoa with James Wan directing, which began shooting in May in Australia.
The only movie that has a specific release date at this point is Wonder Woman 2, scheduled to release December 13, 2019.