James Gunn said he’ll definitely work with Margot Robbie, which means we’ll see Harley Quinn in the DC Universe and there are a few ways to make it happen.
Since the dawn of Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series, she has become one of the most beloved and recognizable characters in the DC Universe. Her cinematic debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad was a massive success, thanks in large part to the captivating performance of Margot Robbie. Since then, we’ve seen Harley Quinn in 2020’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), and the critically acclaimed The Suicide Squad (2022), directed by James Gunn.
The inclusion of Harley Quinn in these films has been a breath of fresh air for comic book fans. Robbie’s performance has been praised for its depth and complexity, making the character more than just a sidekick to the Joker. In Birds of Prey, we see Harley Quinn take center stage, showcasing her independence and strength as a character.
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad makes up for the questionable depiction of Harley Quinn that we saw in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey was the first and most crucial corrective measure, allowing the character to be fully fleshed out. Thankfully, in The Suicide Squad, Gunn continued this trend by showcasing a Harley who feels like an excellent continuation from Birds of Prey. She cares about her team, dresses more comfortably, and is on the lookout for “red flags” in the behavior of others. But why is there still more of Harley Quinn’s story to tell?
For one, Robbie herself is heavily invested in the character. She’s expressed her desire to continue playing Harley Quinn and has even pitched her own ideas for future films. Robbie’s passion for the character is evident, and it’s clear that she’s not done telling Harley Quinn’s story. Given that James Gunn said he’d for sure work with Robbie, we’re hopefully destined to see Harley in the DCU. Luckily for all of us, there are countless storylines and narratives that could be explored in future films.