The DC Universe has had a fascinating run in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. One of those valleys is David Ayer's Suicide Squad, which failed to meet fan expectations after its fantastic Queen-infused trailer. Despite its poor critical reception, Suicide Squad still made a ton of money, introduced iconic characters, and even earned an Oscar in the process.
The breakout star is Suicide Squad was definitely Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, as the iconic villain was adapted onto the silver screen for the first time. Warner Bros. has big plans for Harley, and she's returning to the universe with Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The long subtitle seemingly hints at Harley's emancipation from the Joker, and now an actor from the film's set seems to have confirmed their breakup on social media. Check it out.
Actor Robert Catrini is reportedly playing Stefano Galante in Birds of Prey, and is therefore privy to insider information from the film's active set. And from what he's gathered from the upcoming DC blockbuster, Harley is officially dropping Mr. J, and making new friends.
Robert Catrini's tweet is sure to pique the interest of DC fans, and seemingly confirm the fan theories that have been circulating online. Birds of Prey's crazy long subtitle made it clear that changes were happening for Harley Quinn, with comic book fans assuming its related to a separation from The Joker. In the comics, Harley is often a victim of her puddin's abuse, leaning on female companions like Poison Ivy when things get rough. While that wasn't a major plot line in Suicide Squad, it stands to reason that Harley might want some independence in the female-centric blockbuster. Especially since Jared Leto isn't set to appear.
Aside from Birds of Prey's subtitle, photos from the film's set have also teased Harley's separation from The Joker. Margot Robbie was recently caught filming a scene from Cathy Yan's blockbuster, with Harley's tattoos seemingly revealing that she's called it quits. One tattoo that reads "Puddin + Harley" has her nickname for Joker crossed out, so Harley is changing both her personal life and appearance in the new movie.
It should be fascinating to see what comes next for Harley Quinn, as Margot Robbie's DC character has a ton of potential projects coming up. Aside from Birds of Prey, there were previously a number of movies announced for the fan favorite villain. These include the Gotham City Sirens movie, a Joker/Harley flick, and possibly her own solo flick. Warner Bros' plans are largely a mystery after Birds of Prey and The Batman, so only time will tell what comes to fruition.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will arrive in theaters on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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