The DC Extended Universe may not have gone exactly how Warner Bros. would have initially envisioned so far – especially in terms of critical response – but the studio did at least strike box office gold with this year’s Suicide Squad. At the center of that movie was Margot Robbie’s endearingly insane interpretation of Harley Quinn; and given the clear popularity of the character, it perhaps wasn’t surprising when talk of a Harley-based spin-off movie – now officially titled Gotham City Sirens – began to surface.
Although not many details are currently known about the project, it has been announced that Suicide Squad director David Ayer will be in the director’s chair, with Robbie herself taking on an executive producer role. In Batman lore, the Sirens are a group of female Batman villains primarily composed of Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy – and Ayer has heavily suggested on Twitter that those three will indeed be primary figures in Gotham City Sirens.
It appears, however, that Harley Quin may not be the only DCEU alumni rocking up in Gotham. In an interview with MTV, Will Smith – who played Deadshot in Suicide Squad – has confirmed that he would be happy to appear in the female-led movie should Margot Robbie wish him to. Asked whether he’d like to get involved, Smith claimed, “I’d definitely love to be in it. I love Margot Robbie, I would do, like, anything she wants to do.”
Although the interview was certainly light-hearted in tone, Smith’s interest in appearing in Gotham City Sirens appears genuine but is perhaps unsurprising – considering both Suicide Squad‘s financial success and the fact that he’s most likely signed a multi-film contract. Additionally, numerous tales of fun and camaraderie emerged from the set of Suicide Squad (with cast members reportedly getting matching tattoos), making Smith’s desire to return all the more understandable.
While Smith’s Deadshot didn’t receive the same fanfare as Margot Robbie’s Quinn, his character added a subtle element of humor and an emotive backstory to Suicide Squad – even if some viewers felt the character’s villain credentials were played down. An appearance in Gotham City Sirens may give Smith’s Deadshot the opportunity to develop his character more in the vein of a bona-fide bad guy and could make for a welcome familiar face or fan-pleasing cameo, if done right.
On the other hand, there has been some questioning of the decision to have David Ayer direct a female-centric movie, with some claiming that Gotham City Sirens presented a fantastic opportunity to display diversity by putting a woman in the director’s chair. If Smith was indeed cast in the movie, the decision may prompt a similar discussion as his status as a movie A-lister could lead to him overshadowing other members of the cast, as it’s difficult to cast the actor in a minor or supporting role. Perhaps if Smith did sign on to appear in the movie, a brief cameo would be the best option for all involved.
Source: MTV International