Margot Robbie has revealed why Jared Leto’s Joker isn’t the villain in the upcoming Birds of Prey.
Margot Robbie’s Birds of Prey is nearing its release, which means that the biggest question everyone has on their minds is finally getting answered: why isn’t Jared Leto’s Joker the villain? A small, but vocal camp has been disappointed that Jared Leto’s Joker won’t be joining Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey — either as a villain or hero. In a recent interview with IGN to promote Birds of Prey, Margot Robbie revealed why Jared Leto’s Joker won’t be joining her and the female crew.
Speaking with IGN, Margot Robbie discussed how the idea of Birds of Prey came to her while shooting Suicide Squad and why Jared Leto’s Joker wasn’t a part of it:
“It was either going to be a complete Harley/Joker story or Joker has got to be out of the picture. I really wanted to see Harley in a girl gang and I felt there was a huge gap in the market for a girl gang ensemble action film. I felt like no one was doing that and I couldn’t understand why, especially a comic book movie.”
Margot Robbie also serves as a producer on Birds of Prey, which means she’s contributed quite a bit to the narrative of the film. In fact, Margot Robbie and the creative team realized that Jared Leto’s Joker should not have any part in Birds of Prey.
“From the very beginning it was a conscious choice of they have to be broken up at this stage, so I have a whole backstory in my head [of] what’s happened between what you saw at the end of Suicide Squad and what you see at the beginning of Birds of Prey. But ultimately that’s a rocky road and where (this) movie starts off? They break up.”
In the trailer, we get a brief “glimpse” at Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn breaking up with Jared Leto’s Joker when she blows up Ace Chemicals by ramming a truck into it. The trailer for Birds of Prey also intentionally sets up how Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is no longer tied to Jared Leto’s Joker, essentially curbing expectations right from the get-go. Jared Leto’s future in the DCEU seems to be non-existent at the moment as he won’t be appearing as the Joker in The Suicide Squad.
Are you excited to see Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn go on her own solo adventure in Birds of Prey? Are you disappointed that Jared Leto’s Joker won’t be joining her? Comment below and let us know!
Here is the official synopsis for Birds of Prey:
“You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script penned by Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Ali Wong, Robert Catrini, and Michael Masini have also been cast in undisclosed roles.
Birds of Prey will be released in theaters on February 7, 2020. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on Birds of Prey and Jared Leto’s Joker.