With the success of The Suicide Squad, it is obvious that fans are looking forward to more stories in this franchise and excited about the prospect of keeping James Gunn around for the foreseeable future. That might be the case with the director saying he is ready to team up with Margot Robbie again, this time for a Harley Quinn solo film. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn said he was down for the idea and would welcome the chance to pair with Robbie again, this time for a more fleshed-out story.
The question from The Hollywood Reporter asked James Gunn point blank if there was interest in a Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn solo film adding that Gunn was the perfect person to write and direct that project. Gunn agreed in a sense, saying that Harley was just the kind of character he thought he could handle really well. This is stating the obvious, but Gunn was clear about wanting in on this kind of project. Here is the whole quote:
Yeah, I think I do, actually. I really feel that character, and as I’ve said before, I’ve taken a lot of characters from the comic books who either have slightly different personalities or not as clearly defined personalities. I’ve really shied away from the really popular characters because I like creating characters. I don’t generally like interpreting characters that are already fully actualized, but with Harley, that was a different thing. I really do love Paul Dini’s original vision, and I felt like I was able to become Harley while I was writing. And it’s a terrible, wonderful place to be.
It makes total sense that James Gunn would want to continue working with Margot Robbie in this fashion. Coming off the critical success of The Suicide Squad that, in part, found its footing with handling Margot Robbie’s character of Harley Quinn who has an unexpected storyline that leans into the frenetic nature of the character. Though Robbie has been masterful in all three turns as the character, this was the best yet.
Margot Robbie first took the role in David Ayers Suicide Squad and was one of the shining pieces of a flick that missed the mark considerably in terms of tone and story. Though Robbie picked up the vibe of the character and lent such a dizzying madness that it was almost enough to save the film, it still suffered from an ill-conceived direction. She reprised the role with Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) which landed much better with critics but suffered from a lack of audience. James Gunn was able to put it all together in this latest film and give the character the blockbuster she deserved.
Though The Suicide Squad isn’t all Margot Robbie, she is a major part of why it works. That being said, James Gunn took a masterful turn with the rest of the cast as well, giving each solid footing in a hilarious and bloody superhero story we have been waiting for. Rounding out the core group is Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, and David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, they do meld well with franchise holdovers Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. In all, it made for a fantastic movie.
Whether we ever see James Gunn and Margot Robbie get together and make a Harley Quinn solo movie remains to be seen. What we do know is that after what we got in The Suicide Squad, it would almost be disappointing if it didn’t happen at some point. Check out The Suicide Squad in theaters or streaming on HBO Max now.