It's been a fairly rough road so far for Warner Bros. regarding the #DCExtendedUniverse. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it seemed to a lot of viewers that the studio might have bitten off more than they could chew in trying to jumpstart a massive film universe. However, Warner Bros. made some very exciting news today regarding the future of both the #DCEU and "it" girl, Harley Quinn.
We were already aware of a Harley solo project to feature #MargotRobbie in a starring and producing role. Still, we didn't have much information beyond that, so it was exciting to learn today that this project will not only be directed and produced by #SuicideSquad director, David Ayer, but that the film will center on the Gotham City Sirens, an all-female DC Comics villains team operating inside Gotham City.
The list of members is quite short, as we've just seen Catwoman and Poison Ivy alongside #HarleyQuinn, so we don't really have to worry about an abundance of characters entering this project — that is, if Warner Bros. stays true to the source material.
With all of this said, we can't ignore the elephant in the room of how it was previously rumored (quite heavily) that Harley Quinn's movie was going to feature her again in the anti-heroine role and be centralized around the Birds of Prey. Seeing how we now have confirmation otherwise, I thought it would be fun to explore why Gotham City Sirens is actually a better option for Harley Quinn and the DCEU.
1. This Could Help Set Up The Batman
With the recent news of Aquaman being pushed into late 2018 and Justice League Part 2 being put on hiatus to make room for The Batman, there were a lot of people scratching their heads wondering what Warner Bros. had up their sleeve. Well, we can probably safely say that the schedule shifts were to make room for Gotham City Sirens, a movie that's already being fast-tracked as a top priority for Warner Bros.
Seeing how the Gotham City Sirens operate within Batman's hometown, it would make sense to have this movie come prior to The Batman and set up some direction for Ben Affleck's movie. Whether it would also serve as a precursor to other DCEU films (Suicide Squad 2, anyone?) is unknown, but it does make sense to have this influence any film that has anything to do with Gotham City.
2. We Could See Harley Quinn's and Poison Ivy's Relationship Develop
If you've seen any of the more recent Harley Quinn stories within the DC Comics Universe, you are no doubt well-aware of her relationship with Poison Ivy. The newer versions of Harley Quinn show a much different woman, who is now separated from the Joker and in a new, non-abusive relationship with Poison Ivy (a.k.a., Dr. Pamela Isley). Even going back as far as Batman: The Animated Series in 1993, the pair of villainesses had their own episode together with "Harley and Ivy."
Given the existing evidence in the comic universes, I would assume this relationship is ultimately the direction Warner Bros. is going in. Not to mention the evidence towards the studio's obvious lack of interest in using #JaredLeto and fully developing the Joker. Harley's relationship with Poison Ivy, even if it's kept platonic and professional, is an important one for her to have in the DCEU.
3. We Could Finally See More Of The Joker
Speaking of #TheJoker, it's no secret that a lot of people still want to see him involved in the DCEU. Whether you liked Jared Leto's version of the iconic villain or not, there's no denying the fan following and influence the Joker has within the DC Comics universe, as well as previous DC films.
With that said, #GothamCitySirens could be a great medium to reintroduce him and give fans more of a character that was endlessly teased (to no satisfaction) in Suicide Squad.
We can't really forget how they decided to end Suicide Squad with the Joker breaking into Belle Reve to kidnap Harley Quinn and take her back to Gotham City. The bottom line is, it will be very difficult to believe that Harley is operating as a villain inside of the city without some degree of involvement from the Joker. After everything he endured to track her down and take her from the grasp of ARGUS and Amanda Waller, I don't think he'd let anyone (especially Catwoman and Poison Ivy) take her from him again.
4. We Will See Harley Quinn As A Full-Fledged Villain
This is perhaps the most exciting aspect of Gotham City Sirens. With Suicide Squad, we got a hint at her insane, villainous past with the Joker while in Gotham City, but we didn't see a whole lot of it. What we mostly saw was her adapt into the anti-heroine role of still technically being a villain, but participating in the greater good. Without Harley, Task Force X's fight against the Enchantress would not have been a success.
However, with her being rescued by her Puddin' and taken back to Gotham City, I don't see any reason why she wouldn't be portrayed in the most classic sense of being nothing but a menace to society. Add in Harley's unrestrained fearlessness and insanity with Catwoman, Poison Ivy and (potentially) the Joker, and you have a recipe for a ridiculously fun movie full of villains not being forced to be good in any way.
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