Warner Bros. and DC Films released their most risky entry within the DC Extended Universe in 2016 with their supervillain team-up film, Suicide Squad. David Ayer (End of Watch; Fury) brought this tale of Task Force X to the big screen which in turn became a massive success at the box office.
Unfortunately, audience and critical reception to Suicide Squad was mixed at best. Although critics and audiences universally praised Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, response to Jared Leto’s performance as the Joker has been pretty divisive. Some enjoyed this updated take on the iconic Batman villain, but many felt pretty negative about the performance.
Although Warner Bros. and DC Films are still high off of the success of Wonder Woman earlier this summer, many fans are still scratching their heads as to why they remained laser-focused on more projects that exclusively involve both Harley Quinn and the Joker at the center of the narrative.
Gotham City Sirens is said to be in development at the studio, with Ayer expected to return to the director’s chair to bring the trio of Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy together. However, the planned project was not mentioned alongside the DCEU’s upcoming slate of films during the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year.
Also, some fans began to question whether or not Ayer would return to the DCEU after he made comments during Netflix’s Comic-Con panel for Bright that many have interpreted as vague criticisms to how he was treated by the studio in directing Suicide Squad.
Ayer did reassure fans that he would still direct Gotham City Sirens back in July and now he has tweeted an image from Suicide Squad of Harley Quinn and the Joker that was directly inspired by Alex Ross’s iconic Tango With Evil art:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) September 16, 2017
Some online are speculating that Ayer is signaling that he is returning to the DCEU soon. Perhaps he is still attached to direct Gotham City Sirens or maybe he has involvement in the untitled Harley Quinn/Joker movie that currently has Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in-talks to develop. Hopefully, Ayer has an opportunity to craft a film within the DCEU that has an improved script and narrative cohesion than his last effort.
What do you guys think? Is Ayer hinting that Gotham City Sirens will also include the Joker? Or maybe he is involved with the untitled Harley Quinn/Joker film? Sound off in the comments below.
David Ayer’s next film, Bright reunites the director with Will Smith and will be released worldwide on Netflix on December 22, 2017. Meanwhile, audiences will return to the DCEU later this year when Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.
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10 Reasons Jared Leto Is The Worst Joker
The Joker is one of the most iconic characters in fiction. His bombastic schemes, twisted behavior and eerie laugh are the things nightmares are made from. Amazing actors like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have brought the Joker to life over the years, and he will continue to grace the big and small screen for years to come.
Jared Leto is another amazing actor who’s been lucky enough to play the Joker. The actor, who’s set to star in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, was dealt a poor script in Suicide Squad and wasn’t given a chance to properly shine. Certain aspects of his character were enjoyable, and hopefully he will be better in future renditions, but for now, Leto is considered a disappointment. No matter how far the actor pushed himself to get into character, things just didn’t click for him this time around.
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