Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, best known for the 2011 romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love — starring eventual La La Land leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — will be directing a Suicide Squad spin-off about the love story between the Joker and Harley Quinn.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is being described internally as “a criminal love story,” “an insane and twisted love story,” and “When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine.” The third statement is particularly interesting, given that When Harry Met Sally is a movie about a pair of platonic friends facing the ups and downs of life in New York in the 1980s together and eventually forging a romantic connection based on 10 years of emotional intimacy. Is that canon for the Joker and Harley Quinn love story? Wouldn’t it be kind of fun if it was? Is it possible that whoever said that has not actually seen When Harry Met Sally?
In any case, the movie is untitled and will be released after the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel, which does not yet have a director attached. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie will reprise their roles and the film will be part of DC’s cinematic universe, but so will another Joker spin-off, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips and starring a so-far-unknown actor.
The DC universe functions differently than Marvel’s in this respect, as there’s a core Justice League / Suicide Squad storyline, splintering side stories, and totally unrelated additional films using some of the same characters. Matt Reeves' The Batman (which won’t star Ben Affleck) could be another one of those projects.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are also executive producers of NBC’s This is Us and worked with Margot Robbie on Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I can’t wait to see their benzedrine-infused Nora Ephron fan fiction.