While Suicide Squad may have been received with a mixed bag of reactions, one thing is for sure: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was a smash hit, thus the reason we’ll be seeing more of Harley in the DC Extended Universe. Over the last two years, we have heard various reports of multiple options for Harley Quinn centric films that Warner Bros. are developing.
From Gotham City Sirens to a Joker/Harley romance film, the DC film division are seemingly investing energy into expanding Robbie’s DC villainess. It was recently revealed that Cathy Yan had been tapped to helm a Birds of Prey film that would feature Harley fighting the iconic heroines.
As of this moment, not a lot is known about that DC project which was, per Variety, one of the many options Warner Bros. had when it came to looking at various Harley Quinn options. Robbie recently chatted with the folks at Collider as she described how she had envisioned the tone and feel of that particular project. What might excite fans is that the actress pitched the film as being R-rated, which is becoming a popular trend within the superhero genre in Hollywood.
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”
While many superhero franchises have been helmed by male directors, we’re slowly seeing more female creatives getting to helm these comic book properties too. With Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman franchise, Ava Duvernay’s upcoming New Gods, Yan is joining the DCEU family as one of the latest female directors to helm a superhero movie.
It appears Robbie played a big role in that happening as she fought for it. Robbie talked about how she believes that female directors should be allowed more opportunities to helm franchises like their fellow male directors get to. Per Robbie, this DC project was always envisioned by her as having a female voice in the director’s chair.
“And then of course having a female director to tell that story. And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff. They always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing’?” So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.”
While there is no set release date for Birds of Prey, it’s exciting to know that Robbie, as a producer, is taking these action to fight for more female voices into franchises like the DCEU. Harley Quinn will soon be seen on our screens in the form of an animated series on the DC Universe streaming service.
If you need a reminder of what characters are coming: be sure to catch our exclusive breakdowns of the main characters! When the project was initially announced, it was reported that they were eying Robbie to reprise the role of Harley in the animated format.
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