If it's up to Margot Robbie, her new movie, BIRDS OF PREY, will be the start of something big, and not just a one-off adventure that’s seen as an anomaly. Her unpredictable DC character, Harley Quinn, was the standout of an ensemble in David Ayer’s recent SUICIDE SQUAD. Now, the studio is using Harley to introduce a new team of female DC characters, and Robbie wants this movie to kick open the door for all types of these stories to be told.
Margot Robbie sat down with AMC during the recent press tour for Cathy Yan’s BIRDS OF PREY. It’s a continuation of Harely Quinn in Gotham City, only, she’s no longer with the Joker. The break up puts her in the orbit of all-new female DC characters, from Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) to street-savvy detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez).
The star wants even more female characters to carry the DC baton in upcoming films.
"My hope is that this can then launch the opportunity for many other female DC characters to be on screen," Margot Robbie told AMC. "Because I love what opportunity it has given me as an actor, the response to Harley, and I just want that to happen for more female DC characters."
There are plenty of choices for Warner Bros. and DC, should they want to make more movies centered around characters we haven’t seen on screen that often. For example, if the studio wanted to take an approach similar to Todd Phillips’ JOKER, they could explore the following characters in their own standalone movies.
There have been rumors of a Batgirl movie, potentially written and directed by Joss Whedon (THE AVENGERS). That project has stalled a bit in development purgatory, but that doesn’t mean that Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, doesn’t deserve her own adventure. She’s connected to Batman and Robin, and is the daughter of Commissioner Jim Gordon. She also became Oracle and worked with the Birds of Prey in the comics, so DC now has a way to easily bring her into the fold.
Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy once upon a time, but the villainous vixen really hasn’t had a proper vehicle. It’s time. The super-villain often teams with Harley Quinn in the DC comics, so Margot Robbie once again could be tapped to join a new Poison Ivy on screen.
We will see infamous Gotham thief Selina Kyle on screen soon, as Matt Reeves has cast Zoë Kravitz to play her in his upcoming THE BATMAN. There’s no shortage of examples of Catwoman on screen, from Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway to Halle Berry in a solo movie. But you can’t make a list of DC female icons without including her, so here she is.
Here’s an avenue that has not been explored, but really should be. Lois Lane is an ace newspaper reporter who’s always second fiddle to Superman. But a Lois Lane movie would allow a fantastic actress to play the iconic role in a story that suits her skills. And Superman can show up as a supporting player, but doesn’t have to be the focus at all. Can someone tackle this script, please?
Talia al Ghul
Again, a character we have seen on screen before (played by Marion Cotillard in Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), but one who has so much more to offer that she honestly deserves a solo film. The daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, Talia is both a genius and a martial artist, proving to be one of Batman’s most lethal and worthy adversaries.
For those movies to work, or even to be given a chance, audiences need to come out and support BIRDS OF PREY, so make sure you grab your tickets to the latest DC Films feature.