Yes, there are multiple Joker films that are currently in development. There is even a spinoff that is completely separate from the DCEU from Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the title character. And then there is that Joker and Harley film.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are currently working on the script and have given interested fans an update on their work. According to them, the film will be a like Bad Santa meets This Is Us. Check out what they had to say here below.
Speaking to Metro, Ficarra and Requa talked about their “deranged” script, which sounds just as crazy as the titular characters’ relationship. “The whole thing starts with Harley kidnapping Dr Phil. Played by Dr Phil hopefully. Because her and the Joker are having problems with their relationship,” Ficarra said.
Indeed, “problems with their relationship” is putting it mildly for some. But for Joker and Harley, it’s just a part of their daily life. However, their relationship can be perceived as abusive and unhealthy. The Joker is manipulative and unstable, and yet, despite the numerous times Harley has taken a beating from him, she always comes back to him. Its a twisted tragic romance really. So it will be hard to convey that on the big screen to those who may not be familiar with the two.
Ficarra added, “We were doing a relationship movie but with the sensibility of a Bad Santa, f***ed up, mentally deranged people. It was a lot of fun.”
He took that a bit further and described the film as a mix between two very opposite things, “It was sort of like, we wrote Bad Santa a couple of years ago, and it was that sensibility mixed with our This Is Us sensibility. We kind of meshed them together.”
While the two are excited that the script is coming together very nicely, they are not exactly sure when the pages will go to a director. “We handed the script in and everybody loved it,” added Ficarra. “But I don’t know when they are going to do it. Because I know that they want to do ‘Birds Of Prey’ and they want to do Todd’s ‘Joker’ film first. Maybe if ‘Birds Of Prey’ goes well ours will be next.”
It sounds like it may be better off stuck in its own separate queue. I enjoy Bad Santa as much as anyone else and This Is Us is great at bringing out the tears, but let’s face it, Jared Leto’s take on the Joker isn’t the most inspiring. But Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is a completely different story. And no one really wants to see another Dr. Phil cameo. Do kids now even know who Dr. Phil is? Let’s just hope they are being tongue and cheek about the Dr. Phil thing.