Oh to be a fly on the wall at Warner Bros. in Burbank. Is Ben Affleck going to continue to be the Batman or not? Will the DCEU even be a thing or not? Or will the DCEU exist along with separate, unrelated, contained stories? It seems like WB isn’t quite sure what direction they want to head in when it comes to DC Films, thus leaving their fans puzzled and confused.
In this week alone, WB has announced a Joker origin film that will not star current DCEU Joker Jared Leto, a Joker and Harley Quinn movie WITH Leto and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from the DCEU, a Suicide Squad 2 film in the DCEU, and Matt Reeves made comments that indicate that The Batman may or may not be in the DCEU, as well.
Which brings me to my original point, WB doesn’t seem to know if it wants to be in the shared cinematic universe business, or director driven, contained stories business. Either way, the news keeps on coming.
When Joker and Harley Quinn was announced, rumor was that this was replacing the Gotham City Sirens film that was going to star Margot Robbie’s Harley alongside DCEU versions of Poison Ivy and Catwoman, however it was mysteriously absent from SDCC ’17 and attached director David Ayer (Suicide Squad) hasn’t said much on it. It was rumored that Joker and Harley Quinn had replaced it.
Now it seems that it is still in active development. “Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy are super important to us, and a super cool team too!” says an insider at Warner Bros.
While the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad made it seem like Joker and Harley’s relationship was all sunshine and roses (in the demented way), fans know that their relationship is much more complicated (read: abusive) than that. Some additional scenes in the Director’s Cut indicated that more, but there’s still much to be explored, which is hopefully what the Joker and Harley Quinn film will do.
Perhaps then, Harley will realize she’s better off without her Puddin’ after all and team up with the other femme fatales of Gotham in Gotham City Sirens.
However, everything should be taken with a grain of salt since WB seems to be trigger happy with announcements and again, don’t quite seem sure if they’re as invested in the DCEU as they once were.
Whatever the case may be, I’m sure fans can expect another announcement regarding DC Films in the coming weeks. What do you think? Are you happy to see Gotham City Sirens is still in development? Do you think WB needs to prioritize and focus what they’re trying to accomplish? Let us know!