Margot Robbie talks Harley Quinn’s Break-Up with the Joker in Birds of Prey
If you’ve seen the Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn trailer, you’ll likely notice that the Joker is nowhere to be found. That’s because Quinn broke up with the guy, a plot point that figures quite heavily in the upcoming film. According to Margot Robbie, Quinn hasn’t gotten over Mr. J, she’s just simply trying to deal with it.
“She’s trying to own it,” Margot Robbie told Empire. “That felt like a real way to deal with a break-up. It’s not clean and easy to be a strong woman. It’s so hard. She’s a bit more Courtney Love than Debbie Harry this time. She says, ‘I’m single, I don’t need him, fuck that guy.’ But if the Joker were to text her, ‘You up?’ she’d run. She’d fall to pieces.”
It may be reading into this a little too much, but is it possible Robbie is leaving the door open for a possible Joker reunion sometime in the future?
Margot Robbie will be reprising her Suicide Squad role of Harley Quinn in the film, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Ali Wong (Fresh Off the Boat), Robert Catrini (American Crime Story), Steven Williams (IT) and Derek Wilson (Preacher) round out the ensemble.
Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) will direct the spin-off, making her the first female Asian director to helm a superhero film. The script was penned by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee).
In the DC Comics, the Birds of Prey are a mostly female superhero team has included Oracle/Batgirl, Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman, Hawkgirl, Power Girl, Poison Ivy, Vixen, and Katana, who was played by Karen Fukuhara in Suicide Squad. A short-lived live-action TV series titled Birds of Prey aired on The WB from 2002-to-2003 for 13 episodes, starring Ashley Scott as Huntress, Dina Meyer as Barbara Gordon/Oracle, Ian Abercrombie as Alfred Pennyworth and Mia Sara as Harley Quinn.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is set to be released in theaters on February 7, 2020.