While the DC Extended Universe actually began with 2013’s Man of Steel, Warner Bros’ attempt to build a comic book universe gained plenty of wanted and unwanted attention this year. The release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were two of the most divisive films of the year so far and people have not stopped talking about either since their respective releases.
Both WB/DC films received heaps of critical lashings, exemplified by their sub-par Rotten Tomatoes scores, however they both proved to be extremely profitable. Additionally, while each movie didn’t reach the heights that the studio expected, they did produce some standout characters who seem custom-made for their own adventures in film. Aquaman, The Flash, Deadshot, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn, all proved to be characters worthy of future investments by the studio and that’s exactly what WB intends to do.
This past August, Margot Robbie stole the show in Suicide Squad and Warner Bros has definitely taken notice. According to a report from THR, actress and producer Robbie has signed a first-look producing deal, which includes a spin-off movie featuring her bat-wielding clown, Harley Quinn. Here is how the trade described her deal:
The actress already has two projects set at Warners: a Suicide Squad spinoff for her character Harley Quinn (as well as other DC heroines) that she will executive produce and an adaptation of Dean N. Jensen’s Queen of the Air to which she is attached to star.
There has been a lot of contradicting rumors about the eventual Harley Quinn spin-off and how it would fit into the DCEU landscape. The initial speculation on the movie’s premise focused on the “love” affair between Harley Quinn and the Joker, while other rumors have pointed towards a story that centers around DC’s “Birds of Prey.” Judging from these reports, WB and Robbie seem to be leaning towards the latter. However in truth, the project should ultimately become an amalgam of all of those story elements.
Aside from the DCEU drama, Warner Bros has taken a proactive approach to cultivating and keeping their talent in house. Robbie’s recent film’s exemplify the studio’s philosophy of keeping their actors and directors on their own studio lot. Just in the past year, the 26-year-old actress has had starring roles in Focus and The Legend of Tarzan along with her contribution to Suicide Squad which has grossed over $700 million dollars to date worldwide. So keeping the talented actress in the fold seems to make sense for both sides. Once a writer and director are formerly announced, the direction of the upcoming film will come into focus. Hopefully, this is another positive step for both WB and the future of the DCEU.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.
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