The internet was broken over the weekend when Joaquin Phoenix was revealed as the Joker in the upcoming Todd Phillips directed film.
Despite that, the Phoenix film is an offshoot film set outside of the DC Cinematic Universe. Meanwhile, over at DC Films Jared Leto is still under contract as the Joker. Where Phoenix’s Joker is getting high praise off of just test footage and paparazzi photos, Leto’s interpretation in Suicide Squad was not well received by fans or critics. Luckily for Leto, the thing fans did like was his Joker’s interaction with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
So it’s no surprise the studio is still trying to salvage things that worked from The now defunct Snyder-Verse (Zack Snyder who originally spearheaded the DC Cinematic Universe but has since been fired).
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who are writing said spinoff, reveal in a new Metro interview that the film lies somewhere in between “Bad Santa” and “This Is Us.”
“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,” Ficarra says. “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,” he Ficarra. “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.”
As for when it might be released, the two know about as much as we do: “I don’t know where it is on the queue of DC movies,” says Requa.
I’m assuming with a horrible story idea like that it’s probably in the DC queue right behind Man of Steel 2.