Some new photos from Birds of Prey have dropped online. Margot Robbie hasn't graced the screen as Harley Quinn since 2016's Suicide Squad, but that's all set to change early next year, as this is going to be the first comic book movie coming our way in 2020, and Robbie is back. This time, as we can see from these photos, Harley has changed up her look quite a bit and this isn't going to be a rehash of what came before. This is a new Harley in a totally new setting.
The photos offer several glimpses at Margot Robbie in just one of her new outfits as Harley Quinn. She's got a white shirt with the famed DC character's name on it, pink suspenders hanging loosely, short shorts and pale white skin. In one photo she's carrying a bat, in another she's got a gun ready to go. This is, undoubtedly, a far cry from what fans saw in Suicide Squad. Robbie, who also serves as a producer on the movie, is excited to finally get it out into the world.
"I feel like I've spent so long thinking about it, and working on it, that it's going to be really nice to be able to put it out in the world."
At one point, following the financial success of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. began developing several different spin-offs centered on Harley Quinn. Gotham City Sirens seems to no longer be in the works, and the other we heard about would have paired her with Jared Leto's Joker once again. Leto won't be part of the equation this time around. As Margot Robbie explains, she felt there was much more to explore with the character moving forward.
"Once I started getting to know her, and prepping for [Suicide Squad], I was like, 'Oh my gosh, there is so much more to be done with this character.' Obviously, you can only do so much in a film like Suicide Squad where there are so many other characters, and you've got to be introduced to everyone, and you've got a huge plot thing to contend with. So I was just like, 'There is so much more to do with her.'"
Cathy Yan Dead Pigs is in the director's chair, working from a script by Christina Hodson Bumblebee. Harley Quinn will have some company in the form of Elizabeth Winstead 10 Cloverfield Lane, Fargo as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell True Blood as Black Canary, Rosie Perez Fearless, Pitch Perfect 2 as Renee Montoya and newcomer Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. On the villain side, we've got Chris Messina Argo, Sharp Objects as Victor Zsasz and Ewan McGregor Doctor Sleep, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith as Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask.
Next year, DC Films is also set to release Wonder Woman 1984, which recently debuted its first trailer. 2021 will see the release of The Batman, The Suicide Squad, which will also feature Harley Quinn, and Dwayne Johnson's long-awaited Black Adam movie. Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is set to hit theaters on February 7, 2020. Be sure to check out the new photos for yourself below. This news comes to us via Games Radar.
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Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan already has ideas for a sequel. Although a direct Birds of Prey follow-up has not yet officially been confirmed, Yan has already started plotting out where she would take Harley Quinn on her next adventures — and with whom. And that character will be very familiar to longtime fans of Harley Quinn in both her animated and comic book forms.
In an interview with The Wrap, Cathy Yan said that if she were to direct a Birds of Prey sequel, she would focus on the fan-favorite dynamic of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy:
“I would love to see Poison Ivy and I would certainly love to see the relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.”
A Harley and Poison Ivy romance — or at least a criminal team-up — seems to be on everyone’s minds, as Margot Robbie also recently said that she has also been pushing for the eco-friendly supervillain to appear alongside her Harley Quinn. “One [character] been pushing for as long as I’ve been pushing for this film is Poison Ivy,” Robbie told /Film. “I mean, there’s two versions of that, you know, with some comics, it’s friendship, some comics, it’s romantic. Either way, I want to explore that because I just I love their relationship so much in the comics.”
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have long been paired together, first becoming partners in crime in Batman: The Animated Series during one of Harley’s breaks with the Joker. Their gleeful chemistry and Thelma and Louise-inspired dynamic in the animated series became so popular that their friendship was soon integrated into the comics. Harley and Ivy would appear as allies and maybe more in the comics and more animated shows, but their romantic relationship only became canon recently, becoming official in 2015. The second season of DC Universe’s animated Harley Quinn series, in which Poison Ivy is a recurring character and Harley’s sardonic best friend, will see Ivy finally become Harley’s romantic partner.
A Birds of Prey sequel is still unconfirmed, but Yan doesn’t dismiss the possibility, despite the film’s somewhat disappointing box office returns. “I think people aren’t ready to let go of Harley Quinn quite yet and you know, Margot I don’t think is ready to let go of Harley Quinn yet either,” she said.