In another unexpected move, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the filmmakers behind Crazy.Stupid.Love, are in final negotiations to write and direct a movie revolving around The Joker and Harley Quinn, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are expected to reprise their roles as the newest incarnations of the DC Comics villains.
The untitled movie is described as a “criminal love story.” Apparently, the idea is that it will follow a sequel to Suicide Squad (above) into theaters; the latter project is currently considering directors.
Recently, Ficarra and Requa have been serving as executive producers of popular TV drama This Is Us and they’ve also been directing some episodes. Combined with their romantic comedy Crazy.Stupid.Love, they sound like unusual choices for a pairing of The Joker and Harley Quinn.
Their credits as writers, though, stretch back to the dark comedy Bad Santa and Richard Linklater’s Bad News Bears. As directors, they’ve been responsible for Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which both costarred Margot Robbie. So, odd though it may sound, they definitely have the experience needed to bring The Joker and Harley Quinn to life in a new adventure.
What does this mean for the previously announcedGotham City Sirens? Writer and director David Ayer (Suicide Squad) has been developing that project with Margot Robbie expected to star as Harley Quinn, alongside fellow DC Comics characters Catwoman and Poison Ivy. A report by The Tracking Board claims that the Joker and Harley Quinn movie will replace Gotham City Sirens, but we’re still waiting for confirmation.
All this comes on the heels of recent news about a new Joker origin movie — though critics did not take kindly to that idea — and also a new interview with filmmaker Matt Reeves, in which he suggests that his upcoming The Batman will not be a part of the current DC Extended Universe.
Combined with news of extensive reshoots on Justice League, it appears clear that Warner Bros. and DC have adjusted their plans for the future, but we’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out.