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Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are set to re-team for a new Joker/Harley Quinn movie

Jared Leto, center, starred as the Joker in "Suicide Squad" alongside Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, right.

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By MICHAEL CAVNA | The Washington Post | Published: August 25, 2017

Another day, another Joker project.

Just hours after it was announced that Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese are developing a Joker origin story for the screen, Warner Bros./DC says that Jared Leto will return to play the Clown Prince of Crime in a new movie.

Even more encouraging, Margot Robbie will return to play Harley Quinn in the project, the Hollywood Reporter first reported.

And considering how much of Leto and Robbie’s chemistry got criminally left on the cutting-room floor of “Suicide Squad,” a film centering on their Joker and Harley villains could prove very welcome to the DC cinematic universe.

Such a film would be released after a “Suicide Squad” sequel, THR reports.

The “This Is Us” team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are said to be in final negotiations to write and direct the untitled Joker/Harley film. Their NBC family drama is up for 11 Emmy Awards next month.

Ficarra and Requa notably directed 2011’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love” — which might well be the best alternate title for any film starring DC Comic’s insanely intertwined Bat-villains.

The filmmakers have worked with Robbie twice before — on 2015’s “Focus” and another comedy, last year’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

In wonderfully cheesy shorthand worthy of Robert Altman’s Hollywood satire “The Player,” one insider told THR that the new Joker/Harley film will be in the vein of “ ’When Harry Met Sally’ on Benzedrine.”

Robbie had been attached to David Ayer’s DC Comics film “Gotham City Sirens”; the status of that project is unclear.

The bigger picture for Warner Bros. is that the studio is aiming to build out its interconnected DC universe while also creating stand-alone DC Comics films — an approach similar to how Disney/Lucasfilm rolls outs its Star Wars slate.

WB/DC’s “Justice League”’ is due out Nov. 17.

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker (Jared Leto), seen here in "Suicide Squad," will be back for their own film.
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