Harley Quinn's highly anticipated spin-off movie is officially in the works. But as reported, the project will not be a solo film on the character. This would be a great opportunity to focus on Gotham City Sirens, a team comprised of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. The group, created by Paul Dini and Guillem March, had a comic series under the same name. It lasted from 2009 to 2011 and ended with 26 issues.
There is talk of the Birds of Prey team (Barbara Gordon, Black Canary, Huntress, and more) making an appearance in the film. If the rumor becomes true, I am hoping that they will not be a leading highlight. It would defeat the purpose of developing a "Harley Quinn spin-off," as she barely had an appearance in their comics. She was a main character in 2002's Birds of Prey TV series, played by Mia Sara, but the show only lasted one season. I do think that the team should be incorporated somehow, but not as the center of attention.
I believe that concentrating on Gotham City Sirens would be a better fit for Harley's movie, giving her fans the film they've always dreamed of.
A Chance To Develop Strong Characters
One of the biggest criticisms surrounding #SuicideSquad is that there were too many characters to focus on, and many of their stories were rushed, or only briefly explained. As the Sirens only have three members, the writers will be able to further explore the characters' backstories, what motivates them, and what makes them the strong women that they are.
Catwoman And Poison Ivy Can Get The Recognition They Deserve In Film
In my view, Catwoman has not been well-cast since Tim Burton's Batman Returns in 1992, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. She had the perfect wit and sense of humor that I love about Catwoman, and her connection with Batman (played by Michael Keaton) felt natural. The others, failed to make the character come alive. Halle Berry, in Catwoman (2004), felt awkward and too forced. The film mostly focused on her sensuality — there is much more to the character than that. In The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Anne Hathaway's version felt awkward as well, but mostly dry. It did not feel like the Catwoman we all know and love.
Poison Ivy has only had one live-action movie, Batman & Robin (1997), played by Uma Thurman. Although she is a great actress, the portrayal of Ivy in the film was quite the opposite of the cool, calm demeanor that the character usually exhibits in other media. The depiction was exaggerated, and tried to make the viewers see her as insane. In the comics, one of my favorite qualities in Ivy is her passion and intelligence.
A Gotham City Sirens movie will give these characters a chance to be powerful again.
The Importance Of Harley And Ivy's Relationship Can Be Displayed
The moments that these two share in the comics are a favorite of mine and tons of other fans. Since the beginning of their friendship, it is no secret to readers that Harley and Ivy have a special connection. Last year, it was finally confirmed that they are romantically involved. They are devoted to each other and not defined by monogamy, something that has barely been explored in mainstream film.
Ivy has supported Harley from the start. She noticed the way Joker treated her and how she always went back to him. Harley's addictive behavior was unhealthy, and Ivy did everything in her power to make her see it, and help as best as she could.
Their love is genuine and strong, and they would do anything for each other.
Creating a female-fronted film is an incredible idea to begin with. No matter where the storyline will take us, we have a promising performance of Harley Quinn ahead.
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