By Joanna Cosgrove
With the release of Suicide Squad, it is an understatement to say that Harley Quinn has become the world’s favourite femme fatale. More people are reading her comics, copying her outfits, and watching her appearances in the cartoons since her debut in the 1990s. However, what separates Suicide Squad from her other appearances in the media is that with this movie, she now has a role in the DCEU. A live-action role. For the first time in her timeline.
Since before the movie’s release, Margot Robbie – who plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad – has confirmed that the bosses at DC are in talks to set up a solo Harley Quinn movie. Personally, I believe this could be one hell of a step forward for DC and especially for Harley.
Clarify Harley’s Backstory
In Suicide Squad, we do have a peek into Harley’s origin, when Dr. Harleen Quinzel is hired to assess the devilish Joker and soon starts obsessing over the evil creature, believing she’s fallen in love – so deep in love that she risks her life just to prove her dedication to him. However, past that story, we know little between then and the current time of the movie; and we really do not know the emotional and psychological effects it’s had on Harley.
I personally would love to see an in-depth explanation for Harley’s psyche. I want to see the ugly side of her relationship with the Joker, and how she develops this compulsive behaviour to return whenever she sees him, and the abusive tricks the Joker pulls on her to keep her hooked. Suicide Squad showed their relationship as too happy-go-lucky, with glimpses of Harley feeling resentment deep down about what he did to her.
Introduce Poison Ivy To The DCEU
I am a fan of females in the media, especially in terms of comic books, and believe me when I say I am 100% here for the introduction of Poison Ivy.
I may not know too much about DC, but I do know that Ivy and Harley have a connection like no other. In the comic universe, Harley – once she has broken free of the Joker – finds comfort and eventually affection in Poison Ivy. So I feel that a movie revolving around Harley (if altering the comic book storyline, a little bit) can also bring in the appearance of this famous fighter. Whether it is straight from the start, partway through, near the end, or even in a mid-credit scene, I truly can picture Harley Quinn’s solo flick being the stepping stone to bringing Ivy into the DCEU. And let’s be real, what would this universe be without Ivy? (And personally: I would love to see Laverne Cox in this role)
Give Her More Live-Action Publicity
It’s all in the acting when it comes to live-action adaptations. I have read many reviews of Suicide Squad, and despite it being called a good or bad movie, many critics agree on one thing: Margot Robbie was definitely the best pick.
I so agree. Margot Robbie took the role, admitted to taking elements from previous Harleys (most often noted, her voice), and it paid off. With the increased popularity of Harley Quinn by Robbie, who will say no to increasing it further with a full two-hour flick about the deadly blonde genius?
It’s sad to say, but popularity = money to the DC bosses, but this can work in our favour. If we show our honest interest, chances of a happening increase. I have seen many fans, old and new, young and old, boys and girls, loving the new Harley so maybe this continuation of her live appearance will keep her going up up up! I want to say in a few weeks, months, however long, that there will be a Harley movie – because it should happen!
So those are three detailed reasons. I do have more, but these are my most important ones to share. I bet most of you agree, and if not, fair enough – I can’t control your favourite or least favourite characters – but the majority I’ve seen are hoping that Harley will return. With or without the Joker.
Watch this space – there could be an announcement at any time!