Margot Robbie’s return to the role of Harley Quinn might have seemed like a forgone conclusion, following her break-out turn in Suicide Squad (2016), but it wasn’t a part that anyone took for granted – not least of all Robbie herself.
For the 2020 follow-up/spin-off movie, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Robbie not only reprised the role of Harley, she also became a producer on the movie. Part of her reasoning behind this was to help guide the direction of the character – taking ownership as she moves Harley to the next stage of her big screen career.
Speaking to 9Honey Celebrity, Robbie said:
“I love the character so much, and I also felt a responsibility over her in a way that as a producer I could kind of play a part in where she was gonna go to next, in terms of what people see on screen.”
This responsibility also applied to the way in which Harley Quinn is translated from comics, while at the same time addressing the need for more diverse roles for women on film. These are things that Robbie was keen to keep in her sights, as she took the character forward.
“It was important to me to pay tribute to the comics – that’s the most important thing, and do right by the fans, and at the same time identify that there was a gap in the market as far as female ensemble action films are concerned.”
In Birds of Prey, Robbie is joined by a large female cast which includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. The cast bring a wealth of classic DC characters to the big screen, from the Huntress through to Black Canary, and at the same time this ensures new female icons are being introduced to audiences.
The popularity of Harley Quinn is not just helping to cement the character as one of the biggest and best-loved Batman villains of all-time, but is also helping to create a greater awareness of other characters. Margot Robbie continues to be a driving force behind Harley’s success and it is clear she is maintaining her responsibilities throughout her time as a custodian of Dr. Quinn.