With Suicide Squad dominating the August box office, it can be said that the DCEU is speeding into the hearts of fans and out of the hearts of critics. Even though it was very poorly received by film critics worldwide, fans around the world can almost single handedly agree that Suicide Squad was a great addition to the universe of comic book films. Much of the success of Suicide Squad and its likability among fans was because of the amazing cast, with almost every actor portraying their character to near perfection. One of these very actors was Margot Robbie, the phenomenal actress who portrays fan favorite Harley Quinn.
The DC Extended Universe is already wonderfully planned ahead, and it has been rumored that Margot Robbie will be getting a spin-off film centered around her character, Harley Quinn. With that in mind, in this article I will be discussing my top three things that I want to see in this movie!
Spoiler alert! This article might contain spoilers for Suicide Squad!
1. Lady Power
Harley Quinn might just be one of the most popular comic book superheroines in the world, and with female-lead movies increasing in anticipation, why not give us a team of strong-willed, skilled, and fearsome ladies who can kick some ass. Obviously, the team I am talking about is the Gotham City Sirens, an antihero team consisting of the notorious Batman villains Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and (as we all know) Harley.
Harley Quinn is well known for her amazing love life with the lovely Poison Ivy, which is an angel which has not yet been explored in either comic book movie universes. The love relationship between Ivy and Harley can open a new layer to the characterization of both, and with the right casting of Ivy, we might actually see a start of a comic book movie trend.
With Celina, Harley has a little more of an undeveloped relationship. This movie can make for a perfect introduction to Catwoman and her relationship with Harley and the rest of Gotham City.
Overall, I want this to be a female-lead movie and not just another film where the ladies are out-shined. This film needs to show us that female characters can actually hold a whole film by their own, and there are no better people to prove that to use than Harley and her gang.
2. More Mad Love
Even thought I want this to be HER movie, what will Harley be without her Joker? I mean, she will be a kickass independent lady, but some of her greatest characterizations and storylines come from involvement with the Clown Prince of Crime. Furthermore, one of the best parts of Suicide Squad was the way director David Ayer outlined this relationship, and it was many people's favorite part of the movie.
Harley's relationship with the Joker is beautifully presented to us in a somewhat brief flashback sequence which perfectly sets up Harley's character and agenda in Suicide Squad. However, Harley's relationship with Joker is much more than just crazy romance.
Throughout the decades, love has been a difficult topic for Harley. She has always been somewhat committed to her Joker, while he has not been that committed to her. As Harley slowly slips back to sanity, she sees the Joker through different eyes, slowly questioning his means while maintaining hers. However, Joker is not very happy with that change, and the relationship has been driven towards an abusive road.
This was apparently explored in a deleted scene from Suicide Squad, which should have showed Joker's power of manipulation over Harley. This scene is actually one of the ones I was most looking for, since I really wanted to see both sides of this insane relationship. However, Harley's film is a perfect opportunity to further explore how far they can both go until they snap.
3. More Heart & Humor
Harley Quinn is so much more than crazy. Under all that insanity, there is a caring psychologist who turned a little crazy. Harley is supposed to have a very twisted yet caring heart, and here is what I mean.
First of all, I want to see how much Harley actually starts caring for her friends and her environment. As we saw in Suicide Squad, Harley will do anything — even give up her life — if someone messes with her friends. To some extent, her friends are probably her first priority, even over Joker himself.
Harley is also an extreme animal person, and she seems to have much care for them, almost like her patients. In one issue, she almost murders a man for being cruel to his dog, later dognapping him. And from adopting two pet hyenas to an entire floor in her penthouse to rescued animals, Harley has done some crazy shit for them.
Finally, being the clown princess of crime, Harley is supposed to an extremely hilarious character. And while we did get quite a lot of humor from Robbie in the movie, and it was almost perfect Harley humor (The random, breaking the forth wall, extraordinary one), I cannot wait to see some more of it in the movie. I really want this movie to have a very "dark humor" tone rather than just dark or funny. It will greatly set her character up for greatness, as well as maybe lighten the general mood of the DCEU.
So here we come to an end! What do you want to happen in Harley's solo film? Did I miss anything important? Make sure to comment below! Check out my other posts on my profile and create your very own at Creators.co!
Watch Harley swing that mallet in some of her biggest hits in the Movie Pilot video below: