One of the key ingredients for a really great superhero movie is to have a really great supervillain for them to fight. But why stick with just one supervillain when you can have half a dozen? For that matter, why include a superhero at all?
Next year's big WB/DC comics-based blockbuster, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, will be followed later in 2016 by Suicide Squad: a movie about a government program that recruits DC supervillains to carry out dangerous missions. David Ayer (Fury) will write and direct Suicide Squad, and confirmed cast members so far include Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
There have already been reports that Davis has signed on to appear in multiple movies within the DC cinematic universe, and now it looks like Robbie has a similar deal. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, Robbie said that she has potentially committed herself to starring in DC movies for years to come, assuming that Suicide Squad is successful enough to get sequels and/or spinoffs.
"[It's] daunting. You don't need to have commitment issues to be frightened by the fact that you might have just signed 10 years of your life away. But with [Harley], it's a character I don't think would ever get boring. Ever. So if they did Suicide Squad One, Two, Three... I would be over the moon about it."
Robbie was recently nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award, following her roles in The Wolf of Wall Street and Z for Zachariah. Harley Quinn is a pretty major role to land, especially considering the dearth of key roles for women in the current trend of comic book movies, so it's easy to see why Robbie would want to hold on to it. During the interview she also said that she's ready to get proactive when it comes to creating more interesting female characters like Harley.
"The most frustrating thing is picking up a script and loving the roles in it except the female ones... It's really annoying and something I've striven to change in the industry. I've actually just started working on the producing side... Our goal is going to be to work with female writers and directors, and female-driven scripts. We want to change things."
Of course, the lovably and criminally insane Harley was originally created as a sidekick for the Joker and is utterly devoted to him, but her popularity with fans has helped her to outgrow her girlfriend role and she even got her own spinoff comic book series in 2013. Let's hope that the character isn't just left to stand in the Joker's shadow when Suicide Squad hits theaters.
Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2016.