Fans have known for quite some time that the Joker wouldn't be appearing in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), with the film's latest trailer igniting speculation that fans have already seen the character's demise. The trailer includes a sequence in which Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn drives a truck into an Ace Chemicals factory, which subsequently explodes in a massive inferno, with fans knowing that the Joker fell into a vat of chemicals at the plant and caused his disfigurement. Whether Harley had Joker in the truck or she knew he was in the factory, some fans have assumed this is Harley earning revenge against her abusive partner.
The new film is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
Regardless of whether or not this moment really is the death of Joker, fans are glad to see that the upcoming film is making it quite obvious that the villain won't factor into the events of the narrative.
Scroll down to see what fans are saying about the Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) trailer before the film hits theaters on February 7th.
OH MY GOD JARED LETO JOKER IS DEAD, HE'S DEAD! I WILL FOREVER CHERISH THIS MOVIE
THANK YOU SO MUCH😭❤ pic.twitter.com/FhKhw13Sa1— ScottGray (@ScottGray05) January 9, 2020
When the Birds of Prey trailer opened with Harley Quinn straight up murdering Jared Leto's Joker by plowing him into a chemical plant to explode... pic.twitter.com/PNIjfFtJoT— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) January 9, 2020
The moment where Warner Brothers kills Jared Leto because Joaquin Phoenix makes the studio 1 billion dollars 😬 #HarleyQuinn #Joker #WarnerBros #JoaquinPhoenix #cinema #dccomics #cinema pic.twitter.com/x0yxYotx72— Analogue Digital (@TweetAnalogue) January 9, 2020
Why does the hyena have a better laugh than Jared Leto’s Joker?? https://t.co/zOhbIekJgj— Spence (@s_zillich) January 9, 2020
So, lemme get this straight.
Instead of them trying to refine or improve upon Jared Leto's Joker, they just kill him off? Seriously?
Activision Blizzard did better damage control than this.— CrazySean 🏳️🌈🌊 (@crazyseandx) January 9, 2020