There seems to be a lot going on at Warner Bros.’ DC Films Studio these days with a plethora of projects currently either in development or scheduled for production in the near-future. 2018 will see DC release a solo Aquaman film featuring Jason Momoa’s recently introduced underwater hero, seen tearing it up on-screen in Justice League. Otherwise, the studio has a Matt Reeves-directed Batman movie in the works, alongside the Flashpoint, Cyborg, Shazam! and Black Adam films all at various stages in their production. Then of course there’s the further announced titles such as the Wonder Woman sequel, the Green Lantern Corps. movie, the Nightwing movie (helmed by Chris McKay), the Suicide Squad sequel…Oh, and Gotham City Sirens of course. Now with the DCEU’s overall track record and public perception not being great, plus its woeful result at the box office with its latest offering Justice League, all of these scheduled projects just seem to make the whole thing appear even more disorganised. However, according to Suicide Squad’s own Margot Robbie there looks to be plenty of room for even more titles Warners may potentially add to its slate.
While Suicide Squad marked the DCEU ‘s third film title in a row to receive mixed reception upon release, the movie did perform very well financially through its theatrical run raking in $8.. million. Not to mention, successfully introducing a rag-tag team of DC Comics’ villains including Will Smith’s Deadshot, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn – who very quickly became a fan favourite.
Robbie herself has talked about how much she loves playing the character and it was never really in doubt that we would see her popping up in the DC world again. The Australian actress rose to super stardom through her performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street which led on to her role in Suicide Squad. Now, Robbie is slowly becoming the talk of the town in Hollywood for her latest work in I, Tonya, which she is also a producer on. Given her hard-earned high profile in the industry, it’s becoming increasingly likely that her position with Warner Bros. has shifted to one where she could now discuss her own plans for the Harley Quinn character outside of the current schedule.
With that, the 27-year-old star has now revealed to MTV that she’s, “Been working on a separate spinoff Harley thing for a while”, which she went on to clarify is definitely not the same project as Gotham City Sirens or Suicide Squad 2. Robbie continued on to talk about the current situation with the DC film slate and its many, many potential movie titles:
“There’s a lot going on right now and I’m not sure. I, honestly, I don’t think anyone knows what’s going to be the next thing to happen. But I think everyone’s keen to get Harley back on screen, so everyone is working on lots of different versions of what that could be.”
Robbie seems to confirm our suspicions that everything is, and no doubt has been, up in the air at DC with no real definitive plan in place to provide a rough timeline for all of the announced films to be plotted on. Robbie also states that many “versions” of Harley’s return to screen are being worked on and so whether or not her own personal film idea for the character will ever see the light of day is looking unlikely, as Warners may ultimately decide to bank on a Suicide Squad sequel given the financial success of the first as well the franchise’s familiarity.
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn film is yet to receive an official announcement.
Suicide Squad 2 is expected for release in 2019.