Given the reaction to her performance in Suicide Squad, it's no surprise that actor Margot Robbie is getting her own Harley Quinn movie. In fact, her newfound popularity within the DCEU has led to numerous projects centered on the character. Although Gotham City Sirens was the first project announced, the Birds of Prey movie has become the priority for her first spinoff film. The comic book group dates back to the 1990s, and the (generally) all-female squad is considered one of the best superhero teams in comic books.
With the possibility of so many different DC Comics characters joining the team, it’s reassuring that Robbie will be returning. Even considering all the talented actors who almost played Harley Quinn, it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the devious villain. And though the release date is still a ways off, there have been plenty of updates on the upcoming DCEU film Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
January 24, 2020: Robbie Wants The Film To Showcase DC's Lesser Known Female Heroes
Birds of Prey wasn't the only Harley Quinn property Margot Robbie considered starring in after 2016's Suicide Squad. Following that film's box office success, it was reported that the actress would reteam with Squad director David Ayer for an adaptation of Gotham City Sirens, a comic book that sees Quinn team up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy, two other popular villains from Batman's rogues gallery.
However, in an interview with Nerdist, Robbie explains that her interest turned from Sirens to Birds of Prey, another Harley-focused comic, when she discovered it had a larger, and less well known, female ensemble. "I started to read Birds of Prey and first I fell in love with Huntress, and I started looking into all of that. I was like, ‘Wow, there’s so many cool female DC characters and no one knows anything about any of them!’" she explained. "So what if we had a platform for fans to get to know and fall in love with some of these other amazing women?"
Robbie says she wanted to expand the focus from Sirens' three main leads, all of whom had already received exposure in other media. "There were only three of us and we were all well known, whereas with Birds of Prey you can pick any grouping for that, and I thought that might be the perfect platform to introduce some female characters who might really have some legs in the DC Universe."
January 9, 2020: The Film's Second Trailer Shows Harley's Explosive Breakup With The Joker
The second trailer for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is rife with pyrotechnics, roller stunts, and a soapy hyena. The biggest reveals in the new trailer include Harley Quinn's incendiary split with her former beau, the Joker, and Black Mask putting on his titular black mask.
No surprise, Quinn gets the best line of the new trailer: "Psychologically speaking, vengeance rarely brings the catharsis we hope for." Will she heed her own advice? Audiences will find out in February 2020.
October 1, 2019: The First Official Trailer Debuts The Five Femme Fatales
Margot Robbie narrates the first official Birds of Prey trailer, which dropped on October 1, 2019. The five protagonists face off against The Man with as much power as they have glamour.
The relentless femme ensemble is led by Robbie's Harley Quinn and includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain.
July 25, 2019: Margot Robbie Reveals The Film Will Have A 'Pulp Fiction' Reference
While speaking with MTV news about her role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Margot Robbie revealed Birds of Prey will reference a scene from the famed director's classic, Pulp Fiction. Robbie said they reference the scene in which Uma Therman's Mia Wallace explains Fox Force Five to John Travolta's Vincent Vega. Robbie claimed she even asked Tarantino if they could call the film Fox Force Five because of how much the scene inspired her iteration of DC's classic all-female team. Robbie elaborated:
In Pulp Fiction, when Uma [Thurman] and John Travolta are having their $5 milkshake, she’s explaining the pilot that she - which I think, in real life, Uma had done. I think that dialogue was based on the fact that she’d done a pilot like that. And then he turned it into dialogue, and then she talks about Fox Force Five. And it’s like a whole scene.
But in our movie, there’s five prominent women. And like, we always throw a reference to Tarantino moments that we pray to inject into the film. So, it felt fitting.