The casting of Margot Robbie as DC Comics character Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” was widely well received and, despite the film itself being so dire, Robbie’s take was seen as one of the highlights.
We know that several films involving the return of Robbie as the character have been in development, and recently it seemed all but one of them had fallen by the wayside as a ‘solo’ Harley Quinn film based on the “Birds of Prey” comics came to the fore at Warner Bros. Pictures.
With Cathy Yan set to direct and Christina Hodson to write that project, and with both the “Suicide Squad” sequel and David Ayer’s “Gotham City Sirens” stalled, the path forward clear. Robbie sat down with Collider this week and was asked how her vision for the film lined up with Yan’s. She says it has remained the same since she first pitched the project back in 2015:
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.
And then of course having a female director to tell that story. And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff. They always get ‘here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing?’ So it was hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day – male, female – the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.”
Separately she spoke with Moviefone as well this week and confirmed that she wasn’t involved with any of the other potential Harley projects which were studio’s idea:
“I want to make a girl gang, R-rated film that Harley is a part of and we started working on it from there. Meanwhile, over the course of the next few years, the studio was exploring other Harley Quinn spin-offs. But I was not a part of those versions, I was always focused on this one with Christina.
I know that they were exploring ‘Gotham City Sirens’ with David Ayer, and I know they were exploring a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, and they were exploring doing I don’t know what else. I wasn’t a part of those. I was focusing on this. I kept presenting it to the studio until they felt it was at a point where they were ready to do it. And now we’re all in.”
The new film is also expected to serve as the introduction of Batgirl in a supporting role ahead of her getting her own solo film. It’s not known when the movie will go into production at this point.