As Margot Robbie’s loveable bad girl, Harley Quinn, hit theaters worldwide last week in the follow up to the popular Suicide Squad offering, the internet and social media have been a buzz about the movie, the characters, the actress, and of course, the big break up between Quinn and Joker.
In case you have been hiding under a rock, it is now official – Harley Quinn and the Joker are no longer an item. That’s right boys, she’s back on the market and Birds of Prey showcases Quinn’s coping mechanisms for the breakup which include all the typical post-relationship behaviors like sucking down Cheez Whiz, throwing knives at pictures of the ex, and getting a wild animal as a pet.
Margot, who is also a producer on the film, commented on the separation of Quinn and Joker recently to explain the thought process in separating the two characters on screen despite the great onscreen chemistry they shared when Jared Leto had Joker duties.
“I think they exist in two very different worlds, Todd Phillips’s Gotham and this Gotham – very different. I don’t know how you’d bridge that gap. She’d drive him insane. She’d be on the other side of the fridge, like ‘here.’ ‘J-puddin, whatcha doin?’ And he’s like ‘’I just need a minute, I’m going through a lot of shit.”
This makes a great deal of sense despite the fact that both of the DCEU characters share the same locale in the films. Harley Quinn’s goals and motives detract significantly from the latest vision of the Joker put forth by actor Joaquin Phoenix.
Quinn is a delight with her female spontaneity as she leads a gang of girls through a Gotham City as can only be seen and experienced by her and without being dragged down by the deep machinations of the Joker and his philosophy.
Never shying from the spotlight and controversy of the Birds of Prey project, Robbie was full of clever anecdotes and responses while doing press tours. In one particularly hysterical comment she gave to Capital FM about how the Joker (Arthur Fleck) and her would interact, Robbie said in Quinn’s voice that she would have driven the Joker completely insane with her pandering. Hard to disagree there considering the deep darkness and headiness involved in Phoenix’s Oscar winning performance as the Joker. Afterall, it seems he did murder his last girlfriend based on the latest film.
Robbie has stated that they wanted a different type of story about Quinn than what we saw in Suicide Squad and provide audiences with a deeper look into the character. She wasn’t convinced that this could be done with a boyfriend hanging around.
Elaborating on this thought, Robbie said,
“It was either going to be a complete Harley and Joker story or Joker has got to be out of the picture. I really wanted to see Harley in a girl gang and I felt there was a huge gap in the market for a girl gang ensemble action film. I felt like no one was doing that and I couldn’t understand why, especially a comic book movie.”
Surrounded by a colorful cast of supporting characters, Harley Quinn is sure to please a wide audience. Girl power abounds with the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), and the endearing Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya.
With plenty of bat swinging and violence and no regrets sexiness, Birds of Prey is rated R. However, we will be surprised if that keeps the teenage boys out of the theater and who could blame them as it all looks like a great time on screen.