The second season of The CW’s “Arrow” saw a super brief and unnamed appearance from iconic DC Comics villainess Harley Quinn. Shot only from the back, it was a single joke bit that many hoped would be the precursor to something more. With the third season of the show now over, it seemed like we wouldn’t see Harley again in the series.
Talking at MCM London today, Thea Queen herself actress Willa Holland revealed that the show’s producers originally had big plans for Harley on the show – but were shut down due to David Ayer’s upcoming “Suicide Squad” movie. She tells MTV:
“Pertaining to all the movies that are being made and stuff like that in the comic book world, it’s also taken a side away from the TV shows. Because we had the Suicide Squad and these things inside of it, ARGUS. We were going really heavily into that for a minute.
And then, something must have come down from DC or some higher-up above that said ‘No, you must cease and desist because we’re going to make it into a movie and we can’t have anyone spoil that idea.’
We did get to see that little pigtail and the ARGUS uniform and the little treat of Harley Quinn, and it just got ripped away. So if we could actually have Harley Quinn on the show, that would be amazing. But it’s never going to happen.”
“Arrow” returns for its fourth season this Fall.