Well, how could you not love Harley Quinn? She’s fun to be around and can be the life of the party. Admittedly, she might kill you, too, but let’s push that aside for the moment. It’s hard to dispute that Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Quinn was one of the more memorable performances in Suicide Squad. And since then, Robbie’s involvement with her wing of the DC films has grown, with her now playing a producing role in the upcoming Birds of Prey project. And screenwriter Christina Hodson could not be more excited to work with her and Harley Quinn.
Hodson, who is also penning the Batgirl film, recently sat down with the Los Angeles Times to discuss what it was that drew her to the Harley Quinn character in particular, as Harley’s range of emotions, whether in comic or on-screen, show that even when she’s at her worst, she’s still trying to do good:
“She makes me laugh, but she also makes me cry…. She’s got such emotional depth that is completely contrasted by this light, superficial, fun exterior. Even in the comics when she is at her best, she’s doing something bad — and when she’s at her worst she’s doing something good. And that makes her so interesting and so much more real, because that’s what people are like in real life. Very few people are just purely heroic or purely villainous, and she is this wonderful balance of everything.”
In addition, Christina Hodson shared what it was like to work with the woman behind the face paint, as she had nothing but admiration for Margot Robbie not just in a producing role, but her passion for the project at the scripting phase as well:
“She’s so dedicated, cares so much, she is in it and works so hard — looks through every choice, reads through every draft, and has super-smart notes. I am all about finding good people you believe in as human beings as well as being good creative partners and producers, because it’s an investment — writing these movies takes it out of you. I’m also just excited that [Cathy Yan] is a woman and she’s Asian. That’s a big deal.”
And again, while Robbie’s Harley Quinn was a big deal in Suicide Squad, it looks like the actress will have a larger involvement with the character going forward. What do you think of Hodson’s words about Robbie and Harley Quinn? And what are your hopes for Birds of Prey so far? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey will so far star Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smolett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor. The film is currently slated to be released on February 7, 2020. Stay tuned for more updates.
Source: Los Angeles Times