In the wild world of DC, the Joker is gearing up for a encore in “Joker 2,” and the buzz is all about Lady Gaga possibly stepping into Harley Quinn’s iconic shoes. But wait, wasn’t Margot Robbie the Harley we all know and love? Let’s dive into the DC Universe twists and turns to uncover why Robbie isn’t on deck for this musical extravaganza.

The DCEU and Its Multiverse Tango

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has had its fair share of ups and downs. From Superman soaring in “Man of Steel” to the mixed reactions of “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League,” Warner Bros. decided to mix things up. Enter the multiverse dance, where different universes could exist side by side. This means we get multiple Batmans, Jokers, and, yes, Harley Quinns.

Margot Robbie’s DCEU Journey

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn made a splash in “Suicide Squad” alongside Jared Leto’s Joker. However, as the DCEU underwent a makeover, Robbie’s Harley continued to shine in solo outings like “Birds of Prey” and “The Suicide Squad.” But the multiverse beckons, and the Joker narrative took a darker detour with Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillips’ standalone “Joker.”

Joker 2’s Star-Studded Lineup

Fast forward to the hype around “Joker 2.” Director Todd Phillips teased fans with a script pic, “Folie à Deux,” and a glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix engrossed in the narrative. What’s the twist? Lady Gaga might be bringing her unique flair to Harley Quinn. Cue the excitement and the inevitable question: Why isn’t Margot Robbie reprising her role?

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Multiverse Recasting 101

The magic word here is “multiverse.” In this DC strategy, different universes coexist, allowing for actors to embody the same character with different nuances. Remember how we have Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton both donning the cape as Batman? The same principle applies to the Joker, with Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix playing distinct versions.

Harley Quinn’s Multiverse Dilemma

Margot Robbie’s Harley is known for her comedic antics and chaotic charm. However, “Joker” took a darker route, showcasing a more serious and gritty narrative. Not to mention, it’s set in a time period predating Harley’s transformation. So, in the multiverse ballet, it makes sense to let a different actress, Lady Gaga in this case, explore Harley’s character in a new light.

Harley Quinn In Suicide Squad. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Harley Quinn In Suicide Squad. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Folie à Deux: The Harley Quinndom Mystery

As “Joker 2” gears up for its musical escapade, the working title, “Folie à Deux,” adds a layer of mystery. Will Harley be a love interest, a sidekick, or perhaps a copycat in Arthur Fleck’s world? The excitement lies in the unknown, as the multiverse allows for endless possibilities and interpretations.

In the grand spectacle that is the DC Universe, “Joker 2” promises a symphony of surprises, with Lady Gaga potentially strutting into the world of Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie’s Harley may have her own multiverse adventures, but for now, the stage is set for a new, melodious take on the Clown Princess of Crime. Let the multiverse madness unfold!