'Riddick' Star Katee Sackhoff Wants to Play Harley Quinn

Katee Sackhoff in 'Riddick'

Katee Sackhoff may be best known for her role on Battlestar Galactica, but the actress appears well on the road to becoming a big-screen action hero as well. Last year, she held her own against Vin Diesel in Riddick, and she's already onboard for the all-female Expendables-esque action film from producer Adi Shankar (Dredd).

More specifically, Sackhoff has made it clear that she's a fan of comic books and hopes to appear in a superhero film someday. The actress has continually name-dropped characters like Daredevil villain Typhoid Mary and even auditioned to play Wonder Woman.

Now, in an interview with Total Film, the prospect of playing a comic book character came up once again. Here's what Sackhoff had to say:

"I would love to play any of these characters. I'd love to play Wonder Woman. I remember auditioning for the Wonder Woman television show and being told that I wasn't the Wonder Woman type, but if I wanted to play the best friend, I could audition for that. I remember thinking to myself, 'You obviously haven't seen my work!' [laughs] I would love to do that. I'm obsessed with Jinx. I would love to play Harley Quinn. I just think it's amazing. I mean I think I might give away my firstborn to have an opportunity to play Harley Quinn."

When asked about her favorite comic book film in the same interview, Sackhoff specifically mentioned Warner Bros.' Batman series. So the fact that she seems so passionate to play one of the most popular female Gotham City residents makes sense, especially since the character – a staple of the comics, animated series and video games since her debut in the early 1990s - has yet to be brought to life in live-action. Sackhoff went on to describe why she's drawn to the villainous character.

"I love trying to understand the villain, and trying to understand the things they do and why they do them, and I've always found her and The Joker, you almost can't understand them. And it makes it so much more interesting because everything's fair game, and I love that. I loved the usefulness of her, I thought that was interesting, and I just think that it's a fantastic character."

Harley Quinn

Sackhoff previously provided voice talent as Detective Sarah Essen in DC's 2011 animated release Batman: Year One. It's not a stretch to think that the company would bring her onboard to play another character in a future project. After all, Batman vs. Superman is expected to blow the DC film universe wide open. While a character like Harley Quinn will likely not factor into that project (unlike Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman), Warner Bros. will need to introduce a host of new characters when the inevitable solo film starring Ben Affleck's Batman comes around. Plus, there's always the chance that Harley Quinn could pop up on Fox's Gotham series, focusing on young Jim Gordon.

However, if DC hopes to bring Sackhoff onboard as any character in the future, they may wish to act quickly. Marvel has already declared its interest in the actress, and with a Daredevil series in the works at Netflix, there's still a chance that Sackhoff could play Typhoid Mary or another character in any number of Marvel film or television productions.

In the meantime, Sackhoff said that her Riddick character may appear in future films, but with both the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes expanding in a big way in the next couple years, there's every possibility that Sackhoff could land a comic book role in the near future. Only time will tell which character she ends up bringing to life when and if it does happen.

Which superhero or supervillain role would you like to see Sackhoff play? Sound off in the comments section below.


Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on July 17, 2015.

Source: Total Film

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