The impact both The Joker and Harley Quinn made as a couple in Suicide Squad was not only unprecedented, but one that many superhero lovers had wanted to see on screen for a very long time. so it was almost inevitable that the clown prince of crime and his favourite lass would end up having a movie together. Now the movie is not only a priority in the DCEU, it is also heading in the right direction by talking to two candidates to direct the movie; candidates that are near-perfect for the job of onscreen romance – This Is Us’ Glenn Ficarra and John Requa!
The news broke this evening from THR, as the duo are named as the current top candidates for the jobs of writing and directing this untitled film. Interestingly enough, this news also came with a tidbit of information which states the project was going to be directed originally by Suicide Squad’s David Ayer. The project focuses solely on The Joker and Harley Quinn’s relationship, and both Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are returning to play their roles.
When it comes to the film canon of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, two titles jump out that would make a perfect mash-up for this Joker and Harley Quinn movie: Crazy Stupid Love and I Love You, Phillip Morris. In the case of the former, the snappy comedy and love story-driven plot helped drive that film along and into the hearts of numerous fans. But in the case of the latter Jim Carrey-centered vehicle, the themes of obsession, con artistry and escaping incarceration are all present and accounted for, and with a dark comedy vibe.
So with those two films standing out in the Ficarra/Requa canon, it would seem that this project is hypothetically going into good hands. Though it should also be noted that Deadline has labeled this project flat out as the upcoming Gotham City Sirens project, which would seem to hint that Harley and The Joker will be the main focus of the film.
This project will also reportedly arrive after Suicide Squad 2.