Following news that Warner Bros. is developing an origin-story movie about signature DC Comics supervillain the Joker, an additional report says a separate movie is in the works in which Jared Leto and Margot Robbie would reprise their “Suicide Squad” roles as the Joker and his sidekick/lover, the homicidal Harley Quinn.
The Hollywood Reporter said that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, co-directors of 2011’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” and executive producers of NBC’s “This Is Us,” were in advanced talks to write and codirect the film.
The trade magazine cited an unnamed industry source who described the project as “an insane and twisted love story. ‘When Harry Met Sally . . . ’ on Benzedrine.”
On Tuesday, Deadline.com reported that “The Hangover” director, Todd Phillips, has been hired to direct a Joker origin film set in early 1980s Gotham City. The trade site said he already had begun writing the script with Scott Silver (2010’s “The Fighter”), and would produce alongside Martin Scorsese.
These would be among the first movies under a new ancillary brand of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics universe, not necessarily using the same actors or continuity as in other DC comic-book films.
The Hollywood Reporter said in December that Robbie and “Suicide Squad” writer-director David Ayer were reteaming on a film about female supervillains, “Gotham City Sirens,” the status of which is now unclear. Additionally, Warner Bros. is developing a “Suicide Squad” sequel and is considering a spinoff featuring that movie’s assassin-for-hire, Deadshot, played by Will Smith, the magazine said.