With the latest trailer having arrived just last week for next
month’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),
we may all have overlooked one small, yet key detail.
From revisiting this trailer, the footage may actually be
implying that Jared Leto’s Joker is dead.
As Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn delivers a monologue as the
trailer gets going, we see the Maid of Mischief’s words being accompanied by visual
nods. And one such nod sees her recollection of breaking up with the Joker
being paired with the visual of a truck crashing into the ACE Chemical plant
and exploding. Combine that explosion with an ecstatic reaction from Quinn, and
you could realistically piece together the notion that she’d planned to kill
off her beloved Mr J.
Could Quinn’s talk of the duo going their separate ways be a
cheeky way of saying that the Clown Prince of Crime is dead and buried? Given
that Jared Leto’s time as the Joker is expected to be over before it really
began, it could well be.
Leto’s Joker and Robbie’s Harleen both debuted in David Ayer’s
Suicide Squad back in 2016. While the response to Harley Quinn was a hugely
positive one, this particular take on the Joker most certainly split opinion.
Despite initial plans being fast-tracked for a twisted
romance movie for Joker and Harley, those plans were quickly shelved. While
Leto has since signed on to headline Sony’s Morbius the Living Vampire movie –
which is, of course, a picture based on the blood-sucking Marvel Comics
character – any future appearances by his Joker have only been cast further
into doubt by Joaquin Phoenix’s stunning portrayal of the title character in
Todd Phillips’ Joker.
By all accounts, it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll ever see
Jared Leto’s Joker grace the silver screen again. As such, it wouldn’t be
beyond the realms of possibility to hear that this incarnation of Harley Quinn’s
puddin’ has been killed off by the time Birds of Prey rolls around – potentially
even at the hands of Quinn herself.
Considering how Harley Quinn was created purposely to be the
Joker’s main squeeze and sidekick, there’s so often a sense of Harley
being in the ominous shadow of the Joker since she debuted in 1992. By
establishing early on in Birds of Prey that the Joker is completely out of the
equation, that would allow Quinn to fully take centre-stage and leave all ties
to the Harlequin of Hate behind.
Directed by Dead Pigs’ Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous
Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits cinemas worldwide from February 7th.