Recently, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writers of the upcoming DCEU ‘Joker and Harley Quinn’ spin-off film, sat down with Metro USA to discuss the script for the odd film. While true that the film may not be slated to be next in the ever-growing list of WB/ DC projects involving the Joker and Harley Quinn (which includes the ‘Joker‘ origin film and ‘Birds Of Prey‘), there is a lot of excitement about the project, especially since Ficarra and Requa had such a good time writing the script and really seem to feel they have found something special in the mashing of relationship drama and dark comedy which comes from the Joker and Harley.
According to the pair, the whole writing process was crazy and fun, allowing them to use skills they had gained from their previous work in a way they had never thought they would:
“It is great. 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…We had so much fun, I don’t know if we have had more fun writing a script in our career…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…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.”
When asked about the future of the ‘Joker and Harley Quinn’ movie, Requa answered:
“I don’t know where it is on the queue of DC movies.
With Ficarra adding:
“We handed the script in and everybody loved it. 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.”
What are your thoughts on ‘Joker and Harley?’ Do you think it will get a fair chance to be made with the current state of the DCEU? If the ‘Joker’ origin movie goes well do you think they will even want to release another movie with Jared Leto as the Joker (as opposed to Joaquin Phoenix who is playing the Clown Prince of Crime in the origin film?) Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!