Margot Robbie has made no secret of her love for Harley Quinn. Following her time on Suicide Squad the actress was vocal in Hollywood about wanting to produce her own project for the character. Over the last few months we’ve heard rumours of the Birds of Prey movie from various sources.
Those rumours all led to the announcement of Cathy Yang as the films director.
Collider recently caught up with Robbie and asked her for an update on the project.
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends,’” Robbie told Collider. “Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”
Later in the interview the actress touches on having a female director involved with such a project:
“And then of course having a female director to tell that story. And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff. They always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing’?” So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.”
In a separate interview with Moviefone (via Batman-News.com) Robbie spoke about the other Harley Quinn projects we’ve been hearing about:
“I know that they were exploring ‘Gotham City Sirens’ with David Ayer, and I know they were exploring a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, and they were exploring doing I don’t know what else. I wasn’t a part of those. I was focusing on this. I kept presenting it to the studio until they felt it was at a point where they were ready to do it. And now we’re all in.”
Are you excited for Birds of Prey? Where would you like to see Harley appear next?