There are many films involving the Joker and Harley Quinn on DC’s docket, it is just hard to determine which are being pursued with urgency and which are on the back-burner. Suicide Squad 2, which would likely involve both characters, recently landed Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) to write and possibly direct, with a 2018 shoot date in mind. DC is also developing a Joker origin movie, sans Jared Leto, set outside the DC Extended Universe with Todd Philips (The Hangover) attached to direct and Martin Scorsese executive producing. There’s also Gotham City Sirens, which at one point had Suicide Squad director David Ayer attached to direct, though this is the Joker and Harley Quinn project we haven’t heard about in a while.
Finally, there is a Joker & Harley Quinn film in development, with writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in talks to write, direct, and produce. This is one of the projects that would involve Leto and Margot Robbie, who played Joker and Harley Quinn, respectively, in Suicide Squad.
ComingSoon.net recently caught up with Robbie and asked her about re-teaming with Ficarra and Requa, who she previously worked with on both Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:
“They’re great! It’s fun working with a directing duo, and I love them. I’ve obviously done two films with them so I think they’re just brilliant. I’m personally a sucker for a love story. In any iteration. I think people enjoy seeing two characters who, in Harley and Joker’s case, would die for one another. It’s kind of romantic in a messed up way.”
Umm… I still don’t think DC’s film division, or Robbie, have any understanding of the Joker/Harley Quinn relationship from Batman: The Animated Series — where it first originated — or the comics since. Yes, Harley Quinn would die for the Joker, and that is her character flaw. Because the Joker would not die for Harley Quinn. In fact, the Joker is abusive and seemingly uncaring towards Quinn, willing to drop her at a moment’s notice to make his escape. There’s only one person Joker would die for, and that’s Batman. And as a comic fan and child of the ’90s, I feel their relationship from Suicide Squad needs retooling to make a Joker & Harley Quinn movie work, if such a movie is even a good idea.
But, if DC wants to continue on the track they set with Suicide Squad, it will be far from the first time relationships between characters from the comics have been retooled for the big screen. Yet, DC risks alienating fans of the subject material, just as I was turned off by all the mischaracterizations in Suicide Squad, even though I love the comics.
What do you think about any of this? Am I the one who has incorrectly defined the relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn? Are you as excited for this writing/directing team as Robbie? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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