Been a whirlwind week over at the ol' DCEU.
First it was announced that we were getting a Joker origin movie, to be produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by The Hangover Part III's Todd Phillips. Then we learned that we were getting another Joker movie, this one a "criminal love story" starring Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, written and directed by the duo who made Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (a third Joker movie has yet to be announced, but be safe out there). Then we heard, via director Matt Reeves, that The Batman would not be a part of the DC extended universe. The Hollywood Reporter popped in to suggest that Ben Affleck might not be starring in that film, after all, and then Matt Reeves hopped back on Twitter to clarify that, yes, The Batman was definitely a part of the DCEU (but would not be in service of the DCEU).
Which brings us to the following tidbit of information, which we somehow missed when it ran on The Tracking Board a few days ago:
"(The Joker/Harley Quinn movie) would come on the heels of the characters’ reunion in Suicide Squad 2, and would take the place of Gotham City Sirens, which has been reconceived. That means David Ayer is no longer attached to direct any movies in the DCEU."
Yes, if that's correct (and it does not appear to have been corrected by WB as of this writing), it would appear that David Ayer has walked away from the DCEU, and in the process his proposed Gotham City Sirens movie - which would have found Harley Quinn joining forces with Catwoman and Poison Ivy - has been taken off the WB schedule and replaced with the Joker/Harley Quinn movie (which, by the way, the Tracking Board describes as "in the vein of Natural Born Killers").
This has been today's first DCEU update. Stay tuned for further schedule changes, announcements, retractions, clarifications, non-clarifications, pronouncements, suggestions, allusions, reboots and updates as they roll in.