David Ayer tweeted an image of Margot Robbie and Jared Leto from his Suicide Squad film, prompting speculation about just how far we might be able to stretch this for a clickbait article.
Normally, when an actor or director tweets a photo of a comic book character, it’s a sure sign of their involvement in an upcoming comic book movie project, worthy of dozens of clickbait articles throughout the entertainment media. But when the image in question comes from that director’s own previous film, it raises questions that require the entertainment media to look inward, dig deep down inside, and shamelessly post speculative clickbait about something we already know is happening.
Take David Ayer, who tweeted an image of Harley Quinn and The Joker from Suicide Squad, a film he directed that was released in 2016.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) September 16, 2017
We already know that Warner Bros is making a Suicide Squad sequel, and that there’s a Harley and Joker spinoff movie in the works, and that there’s a Gotham City Sirens movie that will feature Harley Quinn. The image is from the first Suicide Squad film, which already came out, so we don’t need to extrapolate any plot points from the Alex Ross inspired image. We already know what the plot was from watching the movie.
Ayer is rumored to direct Gotham City Sirens, at least, that is if it’s not replaced by the Joker/Harley flick, and if that happens, maybe he’ll direct that. He’ll surely have some form of influence on all three films, since all three are spinning off from his Suicide Squad. That the relationship between Harley and the Joker will continue to play out in one or more of those movies is also a given. There’s nothing overtly new here.
So what is Ayer trying to tell us?!
Perhaps Ayer’s tweet is saying that the relationship between entertainment media and clickbait articles is a lot like the abusive relationship between Harley and The Joker. Harley would be better off without the Joker, just as the entertainment media would be better off abandoning clickbait journalism and actually writing stories that provide some substantive value for readers. However, just as with Harley and the Joker, there’s money to be made, and so the entertainment media will never truly be free of clickbait articles, just as Harley can never truly be free of the Joker.
That’s deep, David Ayer.