Warner Bros’ DC Comics Extended Universe officially kicked off earlier this year with the premiere Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the film opened to a divisive response from critics and fans. Still, the attention has shifted to the DCEU’s next entry, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, following a team of the “worst damn heroes” made up of some of the DC Comics’ most infamous villains including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney). The buzz for Suicide Squad has been largely positive for some time now, with trailers and heaps of other promotional materials garnering praise from fans.
Still, one of the most anticipated aspects of Suicide Squad is that it will be the first live-action portrayal of Harley Quinn, and Robbie’s performance – at least, what we’ve seen so far – seems to be one of the high points of Ayer’s film. So, with Robbie reportedly signed on for multiple movies, the report from earlier this year that a Harley Quinn film was in development at Warner Bros seemed to indicate the studio is particularly confident in the character joining the DCEU. Now, Robbie herself comments on the Harley Quinn movie.
In an interview with Tribute at the Toronto premiere of Suicide Squad, Robbie was asked about starring in her Harley Quinn spinoff movie, though she responded, “We’re not sure.” Furthermore, when asked to speculate about what she’d like to see in the potential spinoff film, Robbie said:
“Just more of Harley. I’m so not done playing that character yet and there’s so much more to do with her I think – and as anyone who’s read the comics knows, there’s a million different storylines to explore. There’s just so much you can do in the DC Universe, so I think it would be cool.”
At the time of the report about the Harley Quinn movie, the film was said to be less of a solo movie and more of a story that focused on her character while introducing other female heroes and villains to the DCEU – specifically Batgirl and the Birds of Prey were mentioned. Additionally, it was reported that Robbie was the driving force behind what was described as a female-centric film in the DC Comics shared universe.
However, with Robbie not quite sure if the Harley Quinn movie will move forward, and multiple Suicide Squad spinoff films reportedly in the works at Warner Bros, it remains to be seen if this particular villain will be the focus of her own entry in the DCEU. Certainly, in the aftermath of Batman V Superman’s response, there have been multiple changes behind the scenes – including removing The Flash from the release schedule, and putting Geoff Johns in charge of the DECU – so it’s possible the studio is moving forward more cautiously with their superhero universe.
That said, it may simply be the case that Warner Bros. is waiting for Suicide Squad to be released in theaters in order to gauge how financially and critically successful villain-led superhero films can be before giving the Harley Quinn movie an official green light. But, from what we’ve seen of Suicide Squad so far, in addition to early reactions to the film, Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn may be one of the bigger talking points – perhaps helping the case for a movie based on the character. Still, it remains to be seen what comes of the Harley Quinn movie until any official announcement is made.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release 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 is currently without a release date.