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Who runs the world? Girls. Sure, those might just be Beyoncé lyrics, but the words of Queen Bey will soon ring incredibly true for the greater DCEU, as it was recently announced that Margot Robbie will headline a Harley Quinn movie of her very own. Beyond that, the report also indicated that the film will be an entirely woman-centric affair, as the film will enlist some major, creative female talent behind the scenes, and introduce a huge ensemble of legendary, female DC characters. It sounds like Wonder Woman won't be an oddity in the near future, and we're so excited about that.
Ever since that news broke, we have eagerly theorized the various female DC characters that could pop up in the upcoming Harley Quinn solo movie, and we want to share those ideas with you. The following is a list of seven badass DC women we think definitely need to show up at some point in the film. Check out our list of entries, and let us know what you think! Now, let's kick this list off with a heroine that definitely should've already debuted in the DCEU.
Many fans were incredibly disappointed to learn that Barbara Gordon would not appear in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but hope remains strong that she's out there somewhere in the DCEU. Although she could very easily debut in the upcoming solo Batman movie, the female-centric nature of the Harley Quinn solo movie would similarly offer a perfect opportunity to introduce Barbara as either Batgirl or Oracle -- we're specifically partial to the latter. Ms. Gordon would make a strong addition to the Harley Quinn film because her strategic, calculated, and generally level-headed decision-making abilities would nicely balance out the more erratic and chaotic nature of the film's titular villainess. Beyond that, Oracle has become an icon in the disabled community in the years since her debut, and it would simply be awesome to see that inspirational tale translated to the silver screen properly.
An on-again, off-again member of The Bat Family, Selina Kyle a.k.a Catwoman would make a phenomenal addition to the Harley Quinn solo movie due to her morally gray nature. Neither wholly hero nor wholly villain, Selina constantly straddles the line of legality, which in turn makes her allegiance incredibly difficult to keep straight. As a career thief who only really looks out for her own self interest, her presence among this primarily female ensemble could act as the perfect "wild card" to mix things up just when things seem to be going well for the good guys. She's already a silver screen icon -- having been portrayed perfectly by both Michelle Pfeiffer as well as Anne Hathaway (and not so perfectly by Halle Berry)-- so the actress cast in this particular role would have big stilettos to fill.
Completely ignoring Katie Cassidy's substandard version of Dinah Lance a.k.a Black Canary on The CW's Arrow, this fishnet-clad heroine is someone who has deserved a proper silver screen adaptation for quite some time. A central member of the Justice League, as well as 1/3 of the legendary Birds of Prey trio, Canary received combat training from DC icon Ted Grant a.k.a Wild Cat, and she has romantic ties to everyone's favorite Robin Hood inspired hero, Green Arrow. Her introduction in a Harley Quinn movie could pave the way for a more thorough examination of Star City on the big screen at some point, and beyond that, we just want to see her legendary "Canary Cry" attack on the big screen.
The DCEU very firmly introduced magic with the premiere of Suicide Squad, so it would only make sense for this universe to delve even deeper into that world with the introduction of Zatanna. A talented magician with the ability to cast spells by saying verbal commands in reverse, she would represent a nice departure from the other, more grounded characters that will likely appear in Harley Quinn's solo movie, and further establish DC's commitment to depicting a truly otherworldly comic book universe. Zatanna's introduction in the Harley Quinn solo film could also help her segue into other DCEU films in the near future, as she holds consistent membership on the titular team in Justice League Dark, which will is currently in development.
If Harley Quinn is going to wreak havoc in her own solo movie, then it stands to reason that she will most certainly draw the attention of Gotham's finest. As far as iconic GCPD officers go, Officer Renee Montoya is second only to Jim Gordon in terms of sheer badass police skill. In a movie primarily populated by superheroes and supervillains, bringing someone far more relatable like Montoya would help the film convey the ground-level impact of the chaos caused by Ms. Quinzel. It's also worth noting that Ms. Montoya is a relatively iconic LGBT comic book character, and the inclusion of such a trait in her silver screen adaptation could help add to the growing levels of diversity that the DCEU seems to be going for.
When you've got a movie headlined by Harley Quinn -- someone who takes obvious joy in her own supervillainy -- it only makes sense to introduce an anti-hero who desperately wants to be good. Helena Bertinelli a.k.a Huntress is often depicted as a reformed villainess, and a vigilante with tenuous ties to The Bat Family; she's also a central member of the Birds of Prey team, alongside Oracle and Black Canary. Known for her crossbow, as well as her incredibly brutal tactics, Huntress would fit perfectly into this dark, violent corner of the DCEU, while providing the last piece of the puzzle needed for a Birds of Prey movie somewhere down the line.
If any single DC villainess is going to make an appearance in Harley Quinn's solo movie, then it has to be none other than Pamela Isley a.k.a Poison Ivy. Besides, it's time for somebody to fix the damage done by Joel Schumacher and Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin. Harley and Ivy have a strong connection dating back to their days on Batman: The Animated Series, and that friendship eventually blossomed into a canon romance during DC's New 52 run -- just don't tell Mr. J. In addition to her deep relationship with Harley in the source material, Ivy's simply the type of villain who could potentially thrive within the confines of the DCEU. Her supernatural ability to control plant life could make for some truly inspired VFX sequences, and her appearance in this film could neatly set her up to face off against Ben Affleck's Batman -- if she hasn't already been introduced by the time the solo Batman movie hits theaters.