In today's segment of "Who approved this?"...A Batman spinoff centered on The Joker and Harley Quinn is now in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (the directors behind NBC's This Is Us and the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love) are set to helm the movie.
The as-yet-untitled project will star Jared Leto and Harley Quinn, who will reprise their roles from last summer's Suicide Squad. Unlike Warner Bros.' Joker origin movie (which was also deemed unnecessary), this spinoff will actually be placed under the DCEU. It will be a "criminal love story," but there's no details of how the directors plan to highlight the two villains' toxic, manipulative and sometimes abusive relationship. A source described the theme to THR as "an insane and twisted love story. When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine."
The upcoming Joker/Harley Quinn movie will officially begin its production after the studio finishes its Suicide Squad sequel. Warner Bros. and DC currently have a bevy of projects they're working on: Justice League (out Nov. 17, 2017), Aquaman (out Dec. 21, 2018), 2019's Shazam and Wonder Woman 2, as well as 2020's Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps. No word on where the aforementioned Joker origin movie or this newly announced love story will land in the premiere schedule.
Next, flip it over to the Marvel Comics world as its editor-in-chief Axel Alonso talks big 2017 plans, Netflix and MCU comic book tie-ins with Fuse: