Margot Robbie recently sat down with us and discussed her roles in Birds of Prey and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
Australian actress Margot Robbie has been Harley Quinn for a few years now, beginning her tenure as the DC Comics icon in David Ayer’s 2015 supervillain team-up flick Suicide Squad. That film was panned by critics, but the one common denominator was that Margot Robbie shined as Harley Quinn. After landing the role, Margot Robbie dived into DC Comics lore and began developing her own film surrounding the badass women of the Birds of Prey.
The actress/producer shepherded the Birds of Prey film and also used it as a vehicle to really let loose with Harley Quinn. With Birds of Prey, we get to see Margot Robbie evolve with Harley Quinn and it also makes us wonder where the character will go next. James Gunn has taken the helm of The Suicide Squad and Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn in that pseudo-sequel.
James Gunn was notoriously fired by Marvel Studios over controversy surrounding some old tweets and DC Films swiftly picked him up. There’s no telling what direction James Gunn will head in for The Suicide Squad, but the filmmaker has been given free reign and we’re hoping to see Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn stay in her new, R-rated element. During the Birds of Prey press junket, I got to sit down with Margot Robbie, Ella Jay Basco and Chris Messina and while we tried to get Margot Robbie to talk about her role in The Suicide Squad, the actress stayed quiet on the subject. Here are some of the main bits of the interview:
This is the first all-female comic book team-up movie. How does it feel to be a part of that and making history with representation on the big screen?
Chris Messina: It was great. It was, it was pretty, pretty cool. Yeah, it’s a great group of people to be a part of and it’s about time a movie like this is made and thanks to her it is.
Ella Jay Basco: Yeah. I mean it’s, it’s so cool for this to be my first big feature film and for some other actors it’s… it’s not normal that women are full on behind this and producing and working in the cast. And the fact that for me it is my first feature… this is such a big movie it’s crazy, thanks to you.
Margot Robbie: Checks in the mail. (laughing) No, it’s incredible. And yeah, like it’s crazy to me that this hasn’t happened already. I definitely identified a huge gap in the market many years ago because I love action films. I love watching a group of women on screen interacting because in real life I’m always with a group of women and I just couldn’t figure out why that wasn’t happening, why no one was doing that. There was a gap in the market and I’m just happy that yeah, we get to be the first to do it.
You’ve been Harley Quinn since 2015 and this is your second go-around with the character. My question is how different was it from filming the first Suicide Squad movie, which focuses on a larger group, as Birds of Prey mostly focuses on Harley?
Margot Robbie: Yeah, she’s definitely like your way into this story and kind of guides you through it while simultaneously being the catalyst of chaos that ensues all this crazy drama. I’s fascinating to see what different filmmakers make of the character and I think it’s very… it’s kind of indicative of how the comics can be read where one author gives you one version and backstory of the character and then you pick up a different comic and it might be the new 52 or whatever, and it’s different and the character looks a little different. They’re still them in their essence, but they might have a different backstory, different group of people that they’re on a mission with whatever. And I kind of liked that the DC, you know, universe on screen is like that way. You can see Todd Phillips’ version of Gotham or Chris Nolan’s version of Gotham or Cathy Yan’s version of Gotham.
And it’s been interesting to see what David Ayer gravitated towards with Harley… what Cathy’s gravitated to with Harley and what James Gunn is now gravitating towards with Harley. And it’s always coming back to the source material of course. But it is fun because then I get to explore all these different sides of her and to me, she is so multifaceted. I want to see all the different versions of Harley. And in this version, you’re definitely seeing a more shaky version where she’s kind of… she’s always going to be cocky, but she’s lost a security, a confidence that she had when she was with Mister J.
Harley definitely has her future set out for her with the James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Is there anything you could tease about Harley going into that film? Will she be as free as she was in this movie?
Margot Robbie: I wish I could say – I can’t.
This is your first big film. How was it on your first day on set and how did you react to seeing Margot Robbie in makeup as Harley Quinn?
Ella Jay Basco : Well I was with this lovely lady and it was so cute. We give each other these cute little hats. We…
Margot Robbie: We did do that. I got a present for you.
Ella Jay Basco : I was like I got a present for you.
Margot Robbie: We gave each other exactly the same thing and we were like “that was weird.” (laughing)
Ella Jay Basco : But I mean yeah, the first day it really set the tone for the next couple of months. And I mean we literally just ate cereal all day and talked and…
Margot Robbie: Consumed a lot of sugar on this job. Yeah.
Ella Jay Basco : Yeah. And really got to know each other.
What was the first scene you guys did?
Margot Robbie: I think it was when we were walking with about the dog food and all that. Cause then when we did the supermarket scene. We were like what we’ll be holding…. what groceries did we grab? Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s all right.
Cassandra has a very interesting background in the comics. She was an assassin. Would you like to explore that in the future?
Ella Jay Basco : I mean, I hope so. That would be super exciting to see because there are so many versions of Cassandra Cain and there’s such an opportunity with the comic books as a full-on resource and a lot of stuff that could be shown in film, which would be exciting.
You can watch the video of the full interview below.
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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 Margot Robbie, James Gunn, The Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey and the future of the DC Extended Universe.
‘Titans’: ‘Jericho’ Episode Photos Show Off New Look At Deathstroke
DC Universe has released some brand new images from episode #208 of Titans titled "Jericho" featuring a new look at Esai Morales' Deathstroke.
In this selection of eight images, we get our first glimpse at the eighth episode of the second season. Along with a new look at Deathstroke, we get a glimpse at what's next for our group of characters following the events of last week's episode.
"Jericho" is set to premiere on DC Universe on Friday October 25. You can start the gallery of new images by clicking "Next."
Here is the official synopsis for season 2:
In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.
The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Richard "Dick" Grayson / Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand'r / Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth / Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield "Gar" Logan / Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke's children. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman.
Titans season two is now streaming on DC Universe.