If there were any actor/character you would think that would survive the transition from the prior DC Extended universe to James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DC Universe, it would be Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Robbie previously worked with Gunn on his “The Suicide Squad” film and Gunn has indicated actors from that film will retain their roles in the new DCU including John Cena’s Peacemaker and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.
Robbie is a bit more of a question mark. There’s little in the way of a more in-demand actress than her these days, but Quinn is an important character to her. Would she be up for coming back?
Asked that question straight up by Variety recently, she cleverly evaded the answer but indicated she’s happy to move on:
“I always wanted Harley to be a character that would get passed on to other actresses to play, the way there are so many iconic male characters. That was always the dream for her. Harley’s so fun and can go in so many different directions. You put her in someone else’s hands, and it’s like, ‘What are they going to do with her?’ The options are endless.”
Indeed, the character will appear at least three times in 2024 – Kaley Cuoco voicing her on Max’s acclaimed “Harley Quinn” animated series, Tara Strong will return to her famed voice work in the role for the “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” video game, and Lady Gaga is set to play an interpretation of the character in this year’s “Joker: Folie a Deux” film.
In the same interview she also spoke about the “Barbie” sequel rumors, effectively shooting down any of that discussion:
“It’s funny, that knee-jerk reaction in this day and age for everyone to immediately ask about a sequel. I don’t think it was like that 20 years ago. This wasn’t designed to be a trilogy.
Everything went into ‘Barbie’ – and that’s how Greta works. She finishes every movie on empty, feeling like she could never make another movie because she put everything she had into that one. So I don’t know what it would take to fill that cup up again for [Greta]. Or for us. I think Warners would also agree. I don’t know what more could even look like.
We want to make more films that have the effect that ‘Barbie’ has. I don’t know if it has to be ‘Barbie 2.’ Why can’t it be another big, original, bold idea where we get an amazing filmmaker, a big budget to play with, and the trust of a huge conglomerate behind them to go and really play? I want to do that.”
Gerwig is already booked out for the near future over at Netflix with two “Chronicles of Narnia” films in the works, whilst Robbie has no shortage of projects she’s attached to, or which people desperately want her for.
The comments come as a decision has come down from the Writers Branch executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, deeming that “Barbie” can compete in the adapted screenplay category – not the original screenplay one.
This comes as the Writers Guild of America had designated the film as an original work, and will classify it as such for the upcoming WGA Awards.