Joker And Harley Quinn Will Kidnap Dr. Phil In Spin-Off Movie

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Suicide Squad was a box office hit, and Margot Robbie is reprising her role with a spin-off love story between Harley Quinn and the Joker. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have provided an update on the story, which they describe as a cross between Bad Santa and This Is Us.

"It is great," Ficarra told Metro. "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. 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."

That means the story will be earnest about its relationships, but between "mentally deranged people." They noted that they don't know when it will go into production, however. They suggest that DC has other movies in the queue that may come first, like the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix Joker origin story or a Birds of Prey standalone film.

The Phoenix movie has been in active production, and the studio has been showing off slight glimpses at what we can expect from it. So far we've seen a debut image that looked distinctly un-Joker-like, instead depicting Phoenix's character as a greasy sad sack. A follow-up video showed him in circus clown make-up and starting to display the character's signature grin.

Still, the Leto depiction from Suicide Squad, which would presumably be the starting point for any Joker and Harley spin-off with Robbie, doesn't quite seem to match Phoenix's upcoming movie. DC allows its film and TV universes to be more splintered than MCU's sprawling interconnected universe, so it's likely the two versions of Joker won't match up with each other.

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I guess my last DC film is gonna be Shazam cause DC isn't trying anymore.

Avatar image for Xristophoros

the film synopsis... that is a joke right? THE dr. phil is a plot device in the harley quinn movie?

i'm out.

Avatar image for TC_Moon

I'm getting so tired of things I liked as a kid being less adult as I grow older. Instead of a complex relationship of abuse, these two now have some cringy teenage angst nonsense going on. I get business and everything, but man I wish good storytelling was more important than mass appeal.

Avatar image for Hagan

lol yikes. holy crap.

Avatar image for ThePlantain

The DCEU is a dumpster fire on wheels

Avatar image for kstaggs87

Warner Bros. and DC Universe...just stop. You tried, you gave it your all, it didn't work, time to let it die. This whole series of movies has been nothing but a convoluted mess and a joke. How does this shit get green lit?!

You want to do something? Scrap the rest of what ever you have planned after WW84 and Aquaman and use Joker as a starting point for a rebooted dark and gritty Batman universe. This is what we need and deserve. Once that is established, find a way to gradually re-introduce the rest of the DC characters over time.

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@kstaggs87: I think a better idea would be to get Watchmen 2 out. Let Dr. Manhattan wipe out the DCU like he did with the new 52 in the comics, and they can reboot it from there, keeping any elements from the existing universe that worked.

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@mike468: I’m actually really excited for the Watchmen HBO show.