A Harley Quinn spin-off movie is in the works, and that is certainly something to get excited about. Although we know it is officially happening, little information has been released. It is also worth mentioning that the title and release year of this movie are currently unknown. But here is what we do know...
- The film will NOT be a Harley Quinn solo movie. Instead, it will highlight many of DC's female superheroes and villains.
- Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn, and also produce the film.
- As confirmed by The Wrap, Christina Hodson will script the movie.
Additionally, it was reported that the film would concentrate on the #BirdsOfPrey team, making this more of a 'Birds of Prey' spin-off, rather than one for Harley. The group is known to be composed of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl, Oracle), Black Canary and Huntress. In the comics, several characters have been included in the team's roster over the years, such as Lady Blackhawk, Ice, Katana, and Poison Ivy. As the movie's plot, direction and characters are completely up in the air, the forthcoming topics and questions I raise are nothing more than predictions.
What Kind of Interactions Will We See Between Harley and Batgirl?
As displayed in various comic books, it is no secret that Harley and Batgirl (better known to Harley as "Bratgirl") hate each other's guts. Poison Ivy has even assisted Harley in driving Batgirl crazy. A possible plot could involve Harley committing a crime, unbeknownst to her that Batgirl is watching. Upon getting caught, Harley promises to help the Birds of Prey in order to avoid getting readmitted into Arkham Asylum.
How Will Barbara Gordon's Transformation into Oracle Be Depicted?
In the famous graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke (1988), the Joker shoots Barbara in the stomach, paralyzing her from the waste down. She is forced to give up her role as Batgirl and reinvents herself as the technological mastermind, Oracle. The treatment of Barbara was highly criticized by feminists, who believed that the violence inflicted on her (and women in comics in general) was overly sadistic. If the movie takes the graphic novel's direction, this criticism can be avoided by giving the character redemption.
A better outcome of the story should follow the style of the current DC Rebirth series, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (2016). In this comic, the same "Killing Joke" shooting occurs. Barbara adopts the Oracle name and later forms the Birds of Prey. But after deciding to undergo surgery, Barbara is able to walk again, continue being Batgirl and help the Birds of Prey team live on. Barbara is a strong female character, and the movie's future audience deserves to see her at her best.
Harley and Poison Ivy's Relationship?
If the movie is planning to feature some of DC's female villains, it is likely that Poison Ivy will make an appearance. She was even a member of the Birds of Prey in their New 52 comic series. But most importantly, this will be a great chance to show the special connection that is shared between her and Harley. Ivy offers an excellent system of support and trust for Harley, who frequently suffers emotional trauma due to her abusive relationship with The Joker. Unlike Harley's romance with Mr. J, her and Ivy's relationship is completely based around genuine love. It would be beautiful to see such a strong same-sex couple, not only in a comic book film, but on the big screen in general.
How Much Will We See of The Joker?
The interpretation of the #DCEU's Joker, played by Jared Leto, has received mixed opinions. If the film is set to focus on the Birds of Prey and other DC heroines, we might not see much of the Joker at all. His only possible involvement could be a brief explanation of Harley's origin (or even flashbacks to scenes from #SuicideSquad), and if The Killing Joke's story is included, the shooting of Barbara Gordon.
At first I thought that a Birds of Prey-oriented film would not work, and rather a 'Gotham City Sirens' movie would be a better fit. But after evaluating what Harley, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey could bring to a story together, I believe this movie will turn out to be extremely powerful.
Do you have any predictions or theories on the future Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spin-off? Let me know in the comments!