It seems that the floodgates have really opened wide when it comes to reports about Warner Bros. and their DC Comics related films. A day after the report that Warner Bros. is looking to pursue a Martin Scorsese produced Joker film under a new non-DCEU banner of DC films, there is a new report centering around the clown prince of crime.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is in talks with This Is Us producers and Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to write and helm an untitled film centering on Jared Leto and Margot Robbie’s versions of Joker and Harley Quinn set firmly in the DCEU. Reportedly this film would come after the eventual Suicide Squad sequel that both actors will be appearing in reprising the characters again.
While the film is said to be waiting to come after Suicide Squad 2, Warner Bros. is reportedly moving quickly on this untitled film as well because they have to contend with actor’s holding agreements. It’s said to be a “criminal love story.”
This is now the third proposed future film starring Harley and the fourth with Joker as both are set to appear in Suicide Squad 2, the David Ayer led Gotham City Sirens (also likely starring Catwoman and Poison Ivy) and this untitled film with the Joker origin story starting presumably just Joker unless they find a way to feature Harley as well. Robbie and Leto are set to star in the first three films while a new actor will star in the Joker film since it will not be part of the DCEU.
Currently Warner Bros. is in a spot where they have no real iron clad scheduled films for the DCEU set after next fall’s Aquaman & the Wonder Woman sequel in December 2019. Reportedly Shazam! is set to debut in early 2019 but has no date attached for release or the start of production.
Everything else from the Matt Reeves led The Batman to the still directorless The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Nightwing, Batgirl, and the aforementioned Suicide Squad 2 & Gotham City Sirens among others that the studio has floated out over the years are all just in a nebulous limbo waiting to move forward.