Still, the Snyder Cut’s Harley Quinn scene remains a powerful truthful examination of the destructive relationship between Harley and her clucking criminal lover/mentor, the Joker, despite his non-canonical status. The scene in question facilitated the return of Jared Leto’s version of DC’s Clown Prince of Crime, which was of course pivotal to Harley’s origins and murderous harlequin gimmick, as seen in Robbie’s debut as the character in director David Ayer’s 2016 effort, suicide squad. But in a bleak scenario where Ben Affleck’s Batman is forced to team up with his nemesis and ruthless killer Robin, a tiff with the Joker—which was certainly one of many—sees him reveal that a heavily bleeding Harley Quinn died in his arms during the Apokolitian invasion, requesting one last wish that Batman eventually kills the Joker slowly. Indeed, as the events and lengthy subtitle of Harley’s second DCEU appearance in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn made that breakup blatantly obvious, the Snyder Cut scene sealed the deal and confirmed Harley’s status as an antihero.
Nevertheless, Robbie remains amazed at DC’s diverse offering of live-action, which continues to be shown on film with a solo effort for The flash, continued for Wonder Woman and Aquarius and Robert Pattinson starring Earth Two reboot the batter still on tap, and on television with The CWverse’s remaining titles, continuing with shows like The flash, star girl, batwoman and Superman and Lois and will expand with a Green Lantern Corps series for HBO Max. “It feels like there are so many adjacent stories, worlds and movies happening at the same time, just like in the comics,” she muses. Indeed, the nature of The Suicide Squad brings Robbie’s Harley even more directly into the heart of this phenomenon, since her return for this closely titled sequel to Ayer’s suicide squad features in what is loosely considered a reboot of that film. Tellingly, Gunn – who tackled the film during a temporary Disney deal excommunication from its Marvel Cinematic Universe Guardians of the Universe tenure – was given creative carte blanche when it came to film, potential anachronisms be damned.
“So, yeah, I didn’t know that, but it doesn’t necessarily change what other people can do with this universe, I don’t think,” explains Robbie of the franchise’s various creative visions. “I don’t think what one director decides determines what another director might pick up and do with the world and the characters, which is nice. I think that’s an attractive aspect for directors in the DC world, they can make it their own, like James did. He didn’t have to be tied to the version David Ayer came up with. He could pick it up and make it his own, which was definitely more appealing to him.”
Ominously, Robbie appears to be expressing fatigue about playing Harley Quinn for the DCEU, with The Suicide Squad and last year’s Birds of prey shot so close together. “It was kind of like shooting back-to-back birds…and filming this, so I was like, phew, I need a break from Harley because she’s exhausting,” she confesses. “I don’t know when we’re going to see her next. I’m as intrigued as anyone.” In previous versions of the DCEU’s long-term planning, Robbie was the headliner another all-female team-up of DC characters (accompanied by Batgirl, Huntress, and Poison Ivy), named Gotham City Sirens, but that project remains on hold as the franchise continues to evolve beyond that permutation.
anyway, The Suicide Squad will see the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, joined by an impressive lineup of conscript idlers, when it hits its premium-free HBO Max premiere on Friday, August 6.
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