Suicide Squad breakout Margot Robbie is opening up about exploring the cinematic future of Harley Quinn with directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa for the Joker/Harley team up film, as well as Harley's unusual romance with Batman's greatest enemy, the Joker.
Harley Quinn, formerly psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel, was created for Batman: The Animated Series as a sort of sidekick for the Joker. The character ended up being a sensation, and she made her big screen debut in the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad in 2016. That movie was a huge financial success, but was met with the same polarizing reviews as its DCEU compatriot, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the movie was divisive, virtually everyone was impressed with Robbie's turn as Harley. Warner Bros. has taken notice, and Harley is reportedly involved in several upcoming DC films, including a Joker/Harley team-up film helmed by Ficarra and Requa.
For her part, Robbie seems excited to return to the role. In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Robbie expressed her enthusiasm to reteam with Ficarra and Requa, whom she worked with previously on Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
"They’re great! It’s fun working with a directing duo, and I love them. I’ve obviously done two films with them so I think they’re just brilliant."
Robbie also touches on one of the more controversial aspects of the Joker/Harley relationship - their decidedly unhealthy romance.
"I’m personally a sucker for a love story. In any iteration. I think people enjoy seeing two characters who, in Harley and Joker’s case, would die for one another. It’s kind of romantic in a messed up way."
"Messed up" might be an understatement. One of the chief criticisms of Suicide Squad was its romanticization of what is, at its core, an abusive relationship between the Joker and Harley. Modern comic book iterations of Harley have seen the character recognize that abuse and attempt to move on from the Joker, even if the attempts aren't always successful. Robbie seems to be indicating a doubling down on the relationship in upcoming films, which is sure to be controversial among the character's fans.
Luckily, the Joker/Harley movie isn't the only upcoming DCEU film on Robbie's plate. She's set to reprise the role for Suicide Squad 2 with new director Gavin O'Connor, and will re-team with David Ayer for Gotham City Sirens, based on the comic book series that sees Harley team up with Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Robbie's Harley figures to be a cornerstone of the DCEU for the foreseeable future - hopefully her take on the character will eventually be defined by things other than her toxic romance with the Joker.