Margot Robbie Talks Harley Quinn And Keeping Her In A Team Dynamic

Birds of Prey might not have been the gigantic hit Warner Bros. hoped for, but it certainly didn’t diminish the popularity of Harley Quinn. The character has her own mature animated series, and Margot Robbie is set to reprise the role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. But what happens to her on the big screen after that remains a real question.

Speaking with Total Film, Robbie, who was a producer on Birds of Prey and has helped develop the character’s DCEU presence, talked about Harley Quinn being better in team scenarios rather than solo…

“Something I noticed about Harley from the start is she’s always going to have more fun when she’s in a group dynamic,” Robbie said. “I’ve always said putting Harley on her own would be like putting a kid on a playground on their own. It’s never going to be as fun as when it’s populated with other kids to play with. [When she’s] in a group, you’re always going to see the most come out of her personality because she’s got people to play with and pick apart or fall in love with or backstab or whatever. She’s always decided how she feels about the people around her and then acts accordingly, which is always unpredictable.”

I think Robbie’s right about that, because the fun thing about Harley is watching other characters react to the nutty shit she does. Does that mean we’ll see her in The Suicide Squad 3, assuming one were to happen? I think any plans for a Harley Quinn/Joker movie are long since dead. The same goes for the Gotham City Sirens project that David Ayer was attached to.

The Suicide Squad opens in theaters and HBO Max on August 6th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.