James Gunn Reveals Margot Robbie’s Fate As Harley Quinn

James Gunn confirms that Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn in the DCEU again.

By Matthew Creith | Published

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As Margot Robbie has seemingly moved on from playing Harley Quinn as she films the upcoming Barbie with Ryan Gosling, many fans of the DC Extended Universe have been curious about Robbie’s involvement with the franchise going forward. Lady Gaga recently made news by confirming that she will portray the iconic villain in Joker: Folie à Deux alongside original Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix. Although that project is not fundamentally part of the DCEU, it might be surprising to some that the role has already been recast in another film separate from Robbie. With Kaley Cuoco continuing her voice work as the character in the animated television series Harley Quinn, it appears that Quinn may be a character overrun with actors vying to play the hilariously demented part. Now, it seems that director James Gunn has revealed that Margot Robbie may, in fact, return at some point as Harley Quinn in the DCEU. As reported by Screen Rant, James Gunn responded to a fan’s request on Twitter when asked if the character of Harley Quinn would be returning to the DCEU in future projects, to which the director said “Yes.”

Arguably, Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn is one of DC’s most beloved characters, as she has headlined several movies for the franchise. Beginning with an appearance alongside Jared Leto‘s The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Robbie took the role to new heights by starring in her own spin-off movie called Birds of Prey before returning to the part in James Gunn’s reboot sequel, The Suicide Squad. She has been a fan-favorite to play Harley Quinn ever since, even if Lady Gaga is taking on a different film’s musical version of the character.

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Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad (2021)

While James Gunn has not confirmed that Margot Robbie will actually return to play Harley Quinn, it seems unlikely that any other actor would play the part at this point. Many changes have occurred at Warner Bros. Pictures, which owns the DC Extended Universe. These changes have included pushing back some of their high-profile projects to debut at later dates, including the upcoming sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods, starring Zachary Levi. Black Adam, however, is set to premiere this October, which will hopefully signify a turning point for a franchise that has seen better days, thanks in large part to star Dwayne Johnson.

At this time, no projects have officially been announced that would include any members of the aforementioned Suicide Squad team. However, it appears that with James Gunn’s mention on social media that Harley Quinn would be back for future installments within the DC Extended Universe, it should stand to reason that Margot Robbie would take on the role yet again. Since Harley Quinn is the antihero many fans love, Robbie’s depiction of the character is often well-regarded, and the Australian actor should continue doing what she does best. While not a superhero in the traditional sense, Robbie’s Harley Quinn knows how to make audiences laugh through her character’s psychotic and sadistic one-liners, as well as ridiculous acrobatic stunts.