James Gunn Says There Are “No Plans” For Margot Robbie To Be Replaced As Harley Quinn

James Gunn is cracking the door open for Margot Robbie to return as Harley Quinn. Just yesterday, Robbie made some news by suggesting she was through with the role, which she made popular in three movies: Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, and Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Instead, she looked forward to passing the torch to others, such as Lady Gaga who plays Harley Quinn in the upcoming Joker sequel, but is a disconnected Elseworlds movie.

While Gunn has previously stated that only Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, John Cena as Peacemaker, and Xolo Maridueña as Blue Beetle will carry over into the DCU, he walked that back on Threads when it comes to Robbie.

“I haven’t talked to Margot about Harley for a long time,” he wrote. “But I’d love to work with her again as Harley or as someone else. There are no plans at this time for anyone else to play Harley (I mean, other than in Todd’s movie or the animated show/s.)”

We might all be looking at this with rose-colored glasses, myself included. Gunn could simply be saying there are no plans to use Harley Quinn at all right now. And when you go back and look at Robbie’s responses, she really does seem ready to move on to different things.

There’s still plenty of time before the DCU launches with Gunn’s Superman: Legacy in summer 2025. That film will kick off the first chapter, titled Gods and Monsters, with five movies and five TV shows. Will Robbie’s Harley Quinn find her way into one them?

Travis Hopson
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