With the announcements this week of both a non-DCEU The Joker origin film and a “Mad Love”-esque Joker & Harley Quinn team-up film, there’s naturally been a lot of speculation and confusion about what’s happening to the rest of DC Films slate at Warner Bros. Pictures – particularly the Batman-related titles.
Director Matt Reeves has had to step forward to clear up some earlier comments and re-affirm that his “The Batman” film will remain a part of the DC Extended Universe initiative. Whether Ben Affleck will remain involved though is unclear.
We’ve also had Jared Leto implying that he’s staying onboard as The Joker for both the “Suicide Squad” sequel and the Joker & Harley Quinn movie. However one bit of speculation has been that due to the latter’s announcement, the previously talked about David Ayer film “Gotham City Sirens” has been scrapped.
That’a not the case says Forbes today who claims to have talked to a Warner insider who tells the site that ‘Sirens’ remains very much in development and: “Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy are super important to us– And a super cool team, too!”
The report adds that the project is: “very different in terms of concept and the role it plays in the larger DCEU, not to mention nuances of target demographics and character development, compared to Mad Love. So there has been no shift of the concept or project to replace it with a criminal love story featuring Harley Quinn and the Joker.”
There’s the suggestion the Joker & Harley Quinn film could go first and see the end of that unhealthy relationship, with ‘Sirens’ following Harley’s new independent lease on life. If so, there would also potentially be room for some crossover.