We're still a week out from the premiere of Suicide Squad, but there's so much buzz surrounding it that the word is Warner Bros. already has their eyes on sequels and spinoffs. Although, they may not be quite as set in stone as we thought. The word was that the studio was so in love with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn that they were already set to give her a standalone spinoff movie. Now, Robbie says that's not really a done deal.
A few of the stars of Suicide Squad were in Toronto recently for a red carpet event when Tribute.ca caught up to Margot Robbie to ask her about her spinoff movie. While the interviewer posed the question assuming that the Harley Quinn movie was coming, Robbie managed those expectations out of the gate.
We're not sure. [I'd love to see] just more of Harley. I'm just so not done playing that character and there's so much more to do with her - and as anyone who's read the comics knows, there's a million different storylines to explore. There's just so much you can do in the DC Universe so I think it would be cool.
A couple of months ago it was reported that the initial plans were being put together on a movie that would feature Harley Quinn. While not a done deal at the time, it sounded like it was a pretty sure thing, that simply had details to work out. Here, "not sure" makes it sound like it's much less of a guarantee.
Based on Margot Robbie's statement, we can be sure of a couple of things. First, there certainly is a Harley Quinn solo project in some stage of development. The conversation has happened. If there hadn't been talks at some level, Robbie would have phrased her statement that way. Secondly, the actress is interested in doing such a movie, she obviously likes the character. The word was that she was the person who approached Warner Bros about the idea.
There are a million different things that can stall movies from being made. Based on the reports we heard, Margot Robbie is looking to produce this movie as well as star in it, so it's likely that whatever the reasons that this deal is not done, it has more to do with the production side than simply the performance. It's possible that it could be something simple. Maybe Warner Bros. isn't looking to count their chickens before they hatch and they want to wait to see how Suicide Squad actually does, and how Harley Quinn as a character is received, before making any decisions. The buzz for Squad seems to be more universally positive than it was for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Still, it wouldn't be shocking if some at the studio were feeling a little gun shy right now.
We're certainly looking forward to seeing Harley Quinn, and the rest of the Suicide Squad brought to life. We don't know if we're going to want more of them yet, but we certainly want to want more. Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.