Joker-Harley Quinn Movie in the Works With Jared Leto, Margot Robbie

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Warner Bros. is developing an untitled tentpole movie starring Jared Leto as the Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who direct and exec produce NBC’s “This Is Us,” are in final negotiations to direct the villain movie as part of the expanding DC Entertainment universe.

Leto and Robbie will reprise the roles they played in the studio’s 2016 super-villain mash-up “Suicide Squad.” The studio has not unveiled any logline other than a “criminal love story.”

And the Joker-Harley Quinn project is separate from Warner’s recently unveiled standalone Joker origin movie being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Todd Phillips of “The Hangover” — which will not star Leto.

Ficarra and Requa directed Robbie and Will Smith in the 2015 heist movie “Focus.” Their other big-screen credits include “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

Warner Bros. has been attempting to take advantage of Leto and Robbie — the two most popular stars of “Suicide Squad,” which received underwhelming reviews.  The film, directed by David Ayer, was a solid box office hit, grossing $745 million worldwide and the studio subsequently announced that it was working on a “Suicide Squad” sequel.

WB revealed in December that Robbie and Ayer were re-teaming on the female DC villains movie “Gotham City Sirens,” based on a comic series launched by DC in 2009 with the Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. The new Joker-Harley Quinn project appears to have superseded “Gotham City Sirens” at this point.

Warner Bros. has been attempting to exploit the DC characters above and beyond its mainstay Batman and Superman characters to compete effectively against the ongoing success of the Disney-Marvel tentpoles. It succeeded this summer 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.”

Its next entry will come on Nov. 17 with “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. The sixth entry is the “Aquaman” standalone movie, starring Momoa with James Wan directing. That movie, which began shooting in May in Australia, is set for a Dec. 21, 2018, launch.

“Wonder Woman 2” is the only other movie in the DC Extended Universe that’s been given a release date — Dec. 13, 2019.

Robbie’s Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya” will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ficarra and Requa are repped by CAA and McKuin Frankel.

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  1. lilcooze says:

    I’m very excited by the announcement of this project. What a great idea to hire Requa/Ficarra to write and direct this. Remember this subversive duo wrote BAD SANTA and wrote and directed I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS! Think NATURAL BORN KILLERS meets WHEN HARRY MET SALLY on Benzedrine.
    They directed MARGOT ROBBIE in both FOCUS and WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT. They know how to present Grace Kelly as raised by Wolves!

  2. CJ Brown says:

    Where are the sources for all of these so-called ‘films in development’ at Warner Bros Corporate please (beyond mentioning who the reps are for everyone involved)? All I could confirm is what was announced during San Diego Comic Con this year at the WB Film panels (I don’t fancy Variety turning into a ‘rumour tabloid’) … which ONLY confirms 3 Films in active development (Aquaman, Batman and Wonder Woman 2).

    I understand that DC is keeping it’s Television and Films separate (as in nothing will be relevant to either), but this ‘could be in development’ is just nonsense journalism 👎

  3. Brenda W says:

    I’d rather see Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy in GOTHAM CITY SIRENS. Warner Brothers is ruining the DCU.

  4. Warner Bros and Disney will keeping manufacturing product that turns a profit.

  5. Cass says:

    My God, WB hasn’t learned yet I guess. Wonder Woman was just an anomaly.

  6. Todd says:

    You can’t even call these two “super” villains, since they’re just ordinary people with “issues”. That’s the whole problem with the Batman universe. He and so many of his opponents are really just NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS who need accessories to actually do anything super-normal, unlike virtually every other character in the DC universe. I know the same complaint can be leveled at Iron Man in the MCU, but even he has at least SOME physical alterations that bond him to his suits. Batman is just a guy IN a suit, as are most of his enemies. And then they feature him alongside actual super-powered beings, who in real life would have no need for him (kinda where Lego Batman finally hit the nail on the head). Joker and Harley may be fun for actors to play, but the lack of real superpowers is so limiting.

  7. Leah says:

    This is INCREDIBLE news!!! We have been waiting and hoping for a Joker/Harley film w/Robbie and Leto (the 2 standouts of suicide squad) Please let this go through as planned!!!!!!!

  8. Mila says:

    Another comment section full of trolls that can never be happy with any movie DC adds.

  9. cuthbert51 says:

    Not a surprise. The only reason that Suicide Squad was even made was to introduce Quinn into the DC filmville. If you’re WB/DC, tou can’t have your third biggest name sitting on the sidelines.

  10. D says:

    Why give movies to the 2 characters that you completely ruined? You turned Harley into a Barbie doll with daddy issues and the Joker into a wannabe rapper. And the choices for directors is just awful, no experience in this kind of genre.

  11. Joe says:

    OH GOD… after that abortion of a movie? For the love of god… STOP DESTROYING THE CHARACTERS. Please please please let this fall through.

  12. Nader, Ralph says:

    Boooooooooooo. Stop making superhero movies, and stop rehashing old characters.

  13. Mark says:

    If by “child” you mean SUCCESSFUL, and mature–you are correct. Marvel wins.

    But these horrible juvenile dc things will continue to fail until the learn what the word TASTE means.

    • tim says:

      O gosh get over yourself dc is just fine if people like the films let them enjoy them stop making this a stupid dc vs marvel thing.Everybody that liked suicide squad wanted a joker an harley film an it will do way better then most comic book films just because it stars them.

  14. jonathan Lev says:

    I can guarantee you that Robbie’s Harley was far more popular than Leto’s Joker was in SS. And it wasn’t even close.

    • tim says:

      Of course he had like two seconds of screen time lol.But he was also very popular an liked by the audience its only the actual dc fans that are split on them.This film will do great numbers.Average audiences all liked Harley an Joker thats why there doing this some people will see this as a bad idea but its box office gold.If they make this r rated with Joker an Harley in a natural born killers romance this could be one of the best comic book movies of all time.

    • cuthbert51 says:

      100% true. Robbie nailed it. Leto embarrassed the complete history of Joker.

  15. OB says:

    Two Joker films going at the same time with different cast and different filmmakers? WB and DC are flailing. With the exception of WW, it seems as though they have NO idea how to make all of this work. They’re so busy trying to figure out how to compete with Marvel and make money that they’re destroying their library. SUICIDE SQUAD was a disaster (despite its b.o. perfomance) and is near universally panned, and yet they hire Ayer to do GOTHAM CITY SIRENS despite having the trailer company re-cut his last film for them? JUSTICE LEAGUE is being nearly completely re-shot… BVS was basically a $300 million dollar trailer for other movies…

  16. DougW says:

    The Joker in “Suicide Squad” was the least interesting version of the character I’ve ever seen. Maybe Ficarra and Requa will do a better job writing him. He didn’t have a single memorable line in all of “Suicide Squad.” I’m really more interested in “Gotham City Sirens” than this film.

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  18. lindsey says:

    WB, DC, and HBO are under the same Time Warner tent – why haven’t they figured out they can turn DC properties into HBO shows that would rival what Marvel does on Netflix: gritty dark pg13 and r rated superhero stories.

  19. Mark says:

    How about some COLOR? Stop with the ugliness the likes of zac snyder have inflicted on these kids movies. Also, how about a sense of humor? And maybe…just maybe, some wit. Verbal or visual….just try this time.

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