Can TV’s New Favorite Producers Save Warner Bros.’ Most Maligned Franchise?

Aug 24, 2017  •  Post A Comment

There’s been plenty of news this week about what Vanity Fair calls Warner Bros.’ most maligned franchise.

“Warner Bros. is tripling down on Joker fare,” the publication reports. “On Tuesday, the studio announced that an origin story for the Joker is on the way from ‘The Hangover’ director Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese. One day later, it started touting yet another Joker movie in the works: ‘a criminal love story,’ the logline promises, between Jared Leto’s clown prince of crime and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.”

The report adds: “Given how much criticism David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ drew for its sugar-coated interpretation of the Joker and Harley Quinn’s extremely abusive relationship, a film centered squarely on that romance is a fraught prospect at best. But the film may have found a way to stave off criticism: ‘This Is Us’ writer-executive producers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are reportedly in final negotiations to direct it. Could they save this much-maligned franchise from itself?”

The article also notes: “So far, Warner Bros.’ efforts to launch a cinematic universe have been shaky. ‘Wonder Woman’ was a wildly successful step in the right direction that hopefully signals changing tides, but the three films that preceded it — ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ — all fell flat with critics. (To be fair, they’ve all been successes at the box office despite the reviews.)”

Vanity Fair adds: “Hopefully these upcoming Joker films, particularly Ficarra and Requa’s, will lean into what made ‘Wonder Woman’ great — and show a complex understanding of female characters that ‘Suicide Squad’ sorely lacked.”

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