One thing that left DC fans bewildered about Suicide Squad was that the movie presented the romantic relationship between Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker (Jared Leto) as being mutually healthy – albeit in a twisted way – instead of portraying their chemistry as being an abusive relationship. Robbie has just stated that those who are hoping for there to be more conflict between Quinn and the Clown Prince of Crime shouldn’t be disappointed, as it sounds like they’ll be in each other’s crosshairs soon enough.
Bang Showbiz got to snag a quick interview with Margot Robbie on the red carpet premiere of Goodbye Christopher Robin. Robbie explained that she actually wants things to end very, very badly between the Joker and Harley Quinn:
“Their love story has to end in flames! It has to, it just wouldn’t be right.”
Interestingly, the initial cut of Suicide Squad – which featured more scenes of the Joker – featured a subplot toward the end of the movie where the Joker tried to steal Harley Quinn away from the Suicide Squad for his own purposes, and she ultimately defied him and decided to part ways from the villain for good (which would also explain why the ending where Joker arrives to bust his girlfriend out of prison feels so jarring – it was a scene added in reshoots). It seems as though DC decided that it would be a better idea to have that narrative serve as a feature-length film where Quinn is the main character as opposed to an ensemble movie where she’s not the primary focus.
The plans for the currently-untitled Joker and Harley Quinn movie seem to indicate that Warner Brothers is going for the superhero movie answer to Mr. & Mrs. Smith – IE, a romance-influenced action movie where the two characters have reason to want to kill each other in spite of their romantic ties. Considering that the Joker will naturally have to appear in the movie for longer than ten minutes due his substantially larger role in the plot (again, blame the reshoots for Leto’s reduced role), it seems like this would be a much better place to have Harley Quinn realize that fooling around with a psychotic clown isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be.
Both Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are expected (and interested) to reprise their roles as the Joker and Harley Quinn in an untitled spin-off with their two characters, as well as for Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens.
5 Reasons To Revive ‘Batman Beyond’
It’s a great time for fans of DC animation. A long awaited third season of Young Justice has finally been announced. This is alongside the slew of animated movies, which unlike the live-action DC films, have generally received great critical praise.
The next in the long line of DC animated films is Batman and Harley Quinn. It boasts a return to the creative style of Bruce Timm’s DC Animated Universe, and brings back the voice talents of Batman: The Animated Series stars Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester as Batman and Nightwing, respectively.
This is the closest we’ve come to a new DCAU series in more than 10 years. So why stop there? We last heard from the DCAU when Justice Leauge Unlimited ended in 2006. Though that series ended with a satisfying resolution involving an epic battle with Darkseid, there’s another series that never got real closure, that has plenty of untapped potential: Batman Beyond
The futuristic series ran on Kids WB from 1999 – 2001. It featured a young Batman, Terry McGinnis, taking up the mantle from an elderly Bruce Wayne, who guided the teen from the shadows. Despite the show’s critical and commercial success, WB wanted to take the network in a lighter direction, and unceremoniously pulled the show after a measly 52 episodes.
Though the show ended nearly 15 years ago, it’s remained an iconic iteration of Batman. It was so darkly distinctive, with its fantastic animation, mature storytelling and shocking violence. These distinctive qualities have allowed Batman Beyond to survive in comic book form to this day. It’s been part of the mainstream DC comics canon for years now, and through its many different storylines has shown remarkable creative staying power.
This suggests that there’s plenty of reason for Batman Beyond to come back to the air. With Batman and Harley Quinn’s imminent release, and the revival of Young Justice looming, the time is ripe for a Batman Beyond revival. Here are the 5 reasons why. Click next to get started!