Harley Quinn is getting a spin off movie… But is the Joker being left out of the picture?

Margot Robbie, who stars as the villainess in Suicide Squad, captured the world’s imagination this summer in Suicide Squad by bringing the DC comics female sidekick to the forefront.

The character stole the limelight so much so, it has now been announced that the character with get her own spin off. AND Margot Robbie is tipped to be producing the untitled project. Daddy’s little monster, hey?

l-escadron-suicide-sort-aujourd-hui-au-cinema.jpgBut in an interesting twist, the project is not a Quinn solo movie. Rather, it would focus on several of DC’s female heroes and villains. DC has a very strong group of female characters and has been focusing on growing them with the rise of its female readership and fanbase. It recently introduced DC SuperHero Girls, a line of comics and products targeting the young female demographic. The characters getting the spotlight include Quinn, Batgirl, Batman villainess Poison Ivy, Katana (Quinn’s fellow member of the Suicide Squad) and Bumblebee, who can fly and shrink.

Currently in the comics, Harley is close with fellow sinister sex symbol, Poison Ivy. So close intact, it’s heavily implied that their friendship isn’t quite platonic. Is it possible that removing the Joker in Harley’s spin-off could focus on, or feature, a romance between the two? Whilst this arguably may be seen as pandering to teenage boys fantasies – introducing a same-sex relationship to a comic book film would be nothing short of groundbreaking.

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The contrast between hyperactive Harley Quinn and the quietly deceptive Poison Ivy sounds like a recipe for great chemistry, and the relationship could develop into an interesting character arc for Harley. In the comics, Poison Ivy hates the Joker, and encourages Harley to end her relationship with him. In Suicide Squad, Harley was defined by her unwavering devotion to the Joker, and the insanity that goes along with it. Breaking away from this storyline and the Joker himself, would fit the “girl power” theme and give the character some much-needed depth. With Robbie said to be producing it would also give the talented actress something substantial to work with – is girl power the big pull here?

However, its still early days for the flick as it has only just been decided the project will go ahead – there is still no date, schedule or name for the film so at this point its anybody’s guess! What do you think? Develop the Joker back story or bring on the girl power?

 

 

 

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