Margot Robbie was one of the lone bright spots in 2016’s Suicide Squad, the David Ayers reimagining of the anti-hero group. Her role as Harley Quinn brought to the screen almost everything we’d hope for in the character. The maniacal disposition and antics, overall look, and general insanity bubbling up close to the surface went a long way in making up for the fact that her character’s “powers” were completely lagging the rest of the group. In many ways, Robbie was the *star* of the movie, even eclipsing Will Smith who came in as the much bigger name. So it would seem crazy to think Harley Quinn could be killed in the upcoming Suicide Squad film, but that might be the case.
Director James Gunn has taken over for Ayers in this latest rendition of the movie, calling it not quite a reboot but not quite a continuation either. He was complimentary of the Ayers version especially in the latter’s casting, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn included, saying that the heavy lifting was important for the strength of the franchise.
And latest shots and promos for the upcoming Suicide Squad appear to have Harley Quinn at the center of things again. It all makes sense considering the capital the DC Universe has put into the character after hitting with a win in Birds of Prey which performed quite well with critics.
So to think that Gunn and company would consider killing off the character in this movie feels borderline insane. Except that a quote from Gunn regarding the upcoming movie could put Margot Robbie on the chopping block. He says, “…“I was given full freedom to kill anyone – and I mean anyone.”
The emphasis on “anyone” here is what causes the speculation. Sure, The Suicide Squad does bring back a number of characters like Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag, Jai Courtney’s Boomerang, and introduces a whole slew of new characters like John Cena’s Peacemaker, Pete Davidson’s Blackguard, and Idris Elba’s Bloodsport. Those are some big Hollywood names for sure. But none of them are nearly as important to the franchise from both marketing and name recognition respect as Harley Quinn and Margot Robbie.
This speculation on The Suicide Squad comes on the heels of plenty of other recent DC Universe news. Recently we found out, rather surprisingly, that Ben Affleck would be returning as Batman in a new HBO Max series alongside Harley Quinn’s boyfriend (for lack of a better word) Joker (Jared Leto). That followed up word over the summer that Affleck/Batman would also appear in the Flash standalone film.
Gunn plays coy on what this latest movie holds in store for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and the rest of the crew. He’s non-committal on how it exactly relates to the original, intimating that it still exists in the same universe, but could have some non-overlapping pieces of the plot. The timeline is also a bit up in the air.
We’ll have to wait on the fate of Margot Robbie in The Suicide Squad. Right now the film has a tentative release date of August 6, 2021.