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Joker and Harley Quinn to Have Their Own Criminal Love Story
2016's "Suicide Squad" formally introduced the unique love story of Joker and Harley Quinn to the DC Extended Universe, being one of the movie's better moments. Fans who want to see more of their interesting chemistry are in luck, as DC and Warner Bros. are looking into giving the couple a movie of their own.
Jared Leto is set to return onscreen as the maniacal Joker, while Harley Quinn will be played by no other than Margot Robbie for the movie that is best described as a "criminal love story." Leading the project for Warner Bros. and DC would be Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, whose resumes are backed with several rom-com movies like 2011's "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and 1989's "When Harry Met Sally."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Joker and Harley Quinn movie is originally slated for production after the second "Suicide Squad" hits the cinemas. However, it seems that this yet-untitled project is being fast-tracked as well to meet with the contracts the actors have.
Interestingly, the DC Extended Universe is showing how different it is from its counterpart, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the MCU tends to have multiple franchises that meet on crossover movies, the DCEU holds one main storyline, in this case "Justice League," and create several spinoffs from that main line.
Some of these spinoffs include the aforementioned Joker and Harley Quinn movie, a solo "Joker" movie and a "Batman" title, The Verge reported. This "Joker" film will have Todd Phillips, known for his "Hangover" trilogy, will star a different actor as the Clown Prince of Crime, while Ben Affleck will be absent from the Matt Reeves-led "Batman" movie.
Introduced in the 1992 episode "Joker's Favor" of "Batman: The Animated Series," Harley Quinn was initially intended to be a one-off sidekick for Joker. The character was met positively and became a constant companion for the Clown Prince of Crime, being his love interest throughout the Batman lore.