Ever since DC Comics’ launched Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti’s launched Harley Quinn’s solo title in December of 2013, the long time sidekick to the Joker slowly began to grow in popularity. Then in 2016 she made her theatrical debut in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad where she was played by Margot Robbie. Ever since then there have been rumors of Harley Quinn spin-offs that for the time being have not seen the light of day. Except for one that is looks like is finally coming together, the Robbie produced Birds of Prey film, which Warner Bros. Pictures has recently brought in Cathy Yan to direct.
During an interview with Collider, while Robbie promoted her thriller Terminal, she talked about how her vision for the Harley Quinn film lined up with Yan’s:
“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.”
Looks like she has been working hard to get her vision of Harley Quinn on the big screen. One important aspect was to get the right director, specifically a female director if possible:
“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 a 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.”
Along with talking with Collider, Robbie also talked to Moviefone and revealed that she had not been involved with the other projects that Warner Bros. Pictures had been trying to develop. She had been focused on developing the Harley Quinn film with screenwriter Christina Hodson.
“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.”
If you read Harley Quinn’s solo title, you would agree that an R-rated film would be a good idea. Also I agree with Robbie when she said that Harley Quinn should always be surrounded “friends”, she would not do well in a solo film.
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