After considering several Harley Quinn-centric projects, Warner Bros. is now moving ahead with Margot Robbie’s spinoff, to be directed by Cathy Yan. The (officially untitled) film will be based on the Birds of Prey comics, and it will unite Harley with several female characters from the DC Universe. Now, Robbie sheds some light on what to expect.
In an interview with Collider, Robbie says that she first pitched the movie back in 2015, when she was shooting Suicide Squad. So, she’s spent three years pursuing her vision. But the most interesting part of her pitch has to be the rating. “I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”
So far, DC Films’ universe has yet to have an R-rated movie in theaters. Back in 2016, producer Charles Roven said that DC planned to keep all of its movies PG-13. Fast forward a year, and WB’s Toby Emmerich said that an R-rated movie would likely happen…eventually. So, if Birds of Prey stays true to Robbie’s pitch, then this’ll be DC’s first R-rated film.
Robbie also talks about the importance for this movie to have a female director. “They always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing?’ So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day – male, female – the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.”
As for those other Harley-centric spinoffs? In a separate interview with Moviefone, Robbie says that she was never really involved with anything except Birds of Prey. “I know that they were exploring Gotham City Sirens with David Ayer, and I know they were exploring a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, and they were exploring doing I don’t know what else. I wasn’t a part of those. I was focusing on this. I kept presenting it to the studio until they felt it was at a point where they were ready to do it. And now we’re all in.”
We’ve heard various rumors and reports about the status of the other Harley movies, but nothing to seriously tell us that the movies were actually happening. There have also been plans for a Suicide Squad sequel, but with Birds of Prey being prioritized, we’ll have to wait a little longer for that.
Stay tuned for more as we have it.
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