Harley Quinn is about to explode back onto our screens in Birds of Prey, but it appears that the film will reveal some details about her personal life which coincide with her comic book backstory.
By the time we are reintroduced to Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), she is no longer in a relationship with her “Mr. J”.
That’s right, the former henchwoman of The Joker is seemingly no longer devoted to the Clown Prince of Crime (Jared Leto) – and that makes her a more independent Harley than the one we saw in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.
However, while her former relationship with the Batman villain is well-established (due to both her comic book history and the 2016 film), it sounds like Birds of Prey will reveal that Harley had another old flame.
In an interview with both Margot Robbie and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (who portrays Dinah Lance/Black Canary) JOE.ie’s Rory Cashin reveals that the opening scene informs viewers that Harley has an ex-girlfriend.
In the comics, Harley’s bisexuality is referenced multiple times as, in some stories, the character even has a romantic relationship with long-time gal pal Poison Ivy – something the DC Universe original series Harley Quinn also referenced.
Robbie revealed that, although Harley doesn’t have a romantic relationship in Birds of Prey, she would like to see that – and her dynamic with Ivy – explored further in another Harley-centric film, commenting:
“A lot of the characters weren’t built around their sexuality, per se… I mean, me personally, I’d love to do a Poison Ivy film because I love, in the comics, the Harley/Poison Ivy relationship. Some comics, it’s romantic, and in some comics, it’s just friendship. But either way, I’m fascinated by that and I love seeing them together in the comics. So that is my personal point of view.”
It’s good to know that Birds of Prey is faithfully adapting some of Harley’s lesser-known comic origins. On that note, the film itself is indeed making leaps and bounds in terms of LGBTQ+ representation in big-screen comic book movies as it also includes the first cinematic appearance of openly gay character Renee Montoya.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits theaters on Friday, Feb. 7. Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know in the comments below!