Who are Warner Bros. looking to in their time of cinematic universe crisis?
No, it won’t be Batman or Superman coming to save them, but instead the criminal darling with a mouth – Harley Quinn (played by superstar Margot Robbie).
According to the anonymous sources who spoke with Umberto Gonzalez for The Wrap – a writer that should be taken with a grain of salt – executives over at Warner Bros. have their eyes set on giving Robbie’s Harley Quinn a new project to give their series a much needed boost.
Currently making bank and awards acclaim for her role as controversial figure skater Tonya Harding in the new Craig Gillespie film I, Tonya, it makes sense why the studio wants to make use of Robbie and Quinn’s cult status.
Robbie rose to prominence in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 dark comedy The Wolf of Wall Street, a starring role as Jane in 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan and could even earn her first Academy Award nomination come January 23rd.
Warner Bros. would be begging her not to leave, and thankfully, Robbie has given comments showing she still holds Harley Quinn close to her heart.
A fan favourite ever since she was introduced in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, appearing in numerous other TV shows and video games, there is a serious market to serve Harley Quinn and Margot Robbie lovers.
The only problem is the studio doesn’t know what to do with them just yet.
As Gonzalez writes, a fair number of DC movies involving Quinn have been in development for a while, and his sources say it’s been narrowed down to a diverse three:
Suicide Squad 2
This option is no surprise to anyone, and we were likely to get this regardless of Robbie’s high-demand.
Whereas Quinn’s first debut feature Suicide Squad was a disaster among the critic intelligentsia, earning an unimpressive 40 on MetaCritic and an utterly sad 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, viewers still resonated with Robbie’s portrayal of the psychiatrist-gone-schizo.
And come hell or high water, DC seem set on bringing a sequel to us anyway.
Variety confirmed that Gavin O’Connor, of 2011’s Warrior fame, will be the writer and director of the sequel, seeing the thankful rejection of anything related to the series’ original director David Ayer, the mastermind behind last year’s Netflix trashterpiece Bright.
Gonzalez writes that production is expected to start the fall of this year, just after Will Smith finishes work on Gemini Man, the clone assassin flick from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee.
These anonymous insiders say this is the most likely scenario, considering the universe has yet to introduce star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In September 2014 – little over three years ago now – Johnson took to Twitter to announce he would be entering the universe as notorious super-villain Black Adam, originally expected to appear in DC’s Shazam.
It’s unknown who the official villain is, but the studio will need to show improvement from Suicide Squad’s lacklustre antagonist Enchantress (model Cara Delevingne) to win back audiences’ favour.
Charles Roven remains lead producer on Suicide Squad 2 working alongside producer Mike Deluca from The Social Network (2010).
Birds of Prey
Among the most surprising of revelations in Gonzalez’s report, insiders allege that it was Robbie spearheading interest for a potential Birds of Prey feature, following multiple female superheroes – or in this case, villains – in similar vein to Suicide Squad.
This won’t be one to look out for when you consider who’s in charge.
The Wrap were also first to report that it’ll be headed by screenwriter Christina Hodson, writer behind the disastrous Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay 2016 horror Shut In and the current writer for the Transformers’ Bumblebee solo flick.
Joker vs Harley
Insiders allege that another possible project could be an odd mix of romance told through two prominent supervillains “in the vein of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’.”
Deadline reports that the directors will be none other than Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who have directed Robbie in the past with 2015’s con-man romance Focus and 2016’s Whisky Tango Foxtrot.
Sadly, this would potentially force audiences endure Jared Leto’s Joker, the Suicide Squad performance that was largely panned, who has shown his own vested interest in returning.
Critics of Ayers were concerned with the lack of depth to their relationship, which has been gorgeously explored in television shows and games of the past; their focus should be on the script should they want to see improvements.
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