Margot Robbie Explains Why Birds Of Prey Will Be More Important For Harley Quinn Than Suicide Squad

Harley in Birds of Prey

The DC live-action universe has had quite the tenure in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. But following a rocky start and a box office bomb with Justice League, Warner Bros. seems to have course corrected the DCEU. The next installment in the shared universe is Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which will see the return of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. And according to Robbie, that upcoming blockbuster will be way more important to Harley than her other movies.

Margot Robbie debuted her version of Harley Quinn in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. She was the undisputed scene stealer of the movie, inspiring countless Halloween costumes in the process. But Robbie thinks that Birds of Prey will be a bigger opportunity for the character than that movie, or even James Gunn's upcoming movie The Suicide Squad. As the Oscar nominated actress put it,

The story in Birds of Prey is told from her point of view, so you have an insight into Harley’s world in a way that you didn’t in the first Suicide Squad film, nor that you’ll have in the next Suicide Squad film. It’s a little bonkers. It reflects her personality. It’s heightened. It’s poppy, it’s fun, it’s violent, it’s crazy. It’s absurd. It’s kooky. It’s hilarious. It’s a little heartbreaking

Sign me up. It looks like Birds of Prey will bring something wholly unique to the DCEU, and truly capture the psyche of Harley Quinn. As such, we should expect much more from the character than in her adventures with the Suicide Squad.

Margot Robbie's comments to Variety are sure to be exciting for the DC fans out there. Harley Quinn has been a fan favorite character since her inception, so it was very exciting to see Robbie playing the villain in live-action. While Suicide Squad served as an introduction and showed how toxic her relationship with Jared Leto's Joker was, Birds of Prey will really be her starring vehicle. After all, Harley's name is in the film's (long) title.

Related: James Gunn Has Some High Praise For Margot Robbie After The Suicide Squad

As the trailers teased, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will be told through the titular villain's perspective. Audiences will get a glimpse into Harley's fractured psyche. The cast has been teasing how that macguffin will bring something unique to the superhero genre. Margot Robbie's above quote seems to echo this, as all of those adjectives tease a movie that will be a far cry from the most recent installments like Shazam! and Aquaman.

Since David Ayer's Suicide Squad and James Gunn's upcoming The Suicide Squad have so many characters to balance, Harley won't get nearly as much screen time as Birds of Prey. Those movies require a more objective narrator, while Cathy Yan's movie will give Harley Quinn room to surprise and explore.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will hit theaters on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.