Margot Robbie wants to explore Harley Quinn‘s relationship with Poison Ivy in the DCEU, and is trying to make it happen. Robbie became one of Warner Bros.’ biggest stars in the comic book movie world through Suicide Squad, and the studio has plenty of interest in continuing her story any way they can.
Following her breakout role, WB, DC, and Robbie began working on four separate projects that could see the return of Harley Quinn. Robbie became most interested in Birds of Prey, and helped push the project forward. The movie will see Harley team up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But this means that other team up projects like Gotham City Sirens and Suicide Squad 2 have to wait if they want to use Harley. This is potentially delaying several other fan requested meetings, such as Harley and Poison Ivy. The latter was likely to be included in David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens film, but that project appears to have had some similarities to what Birds of Prey became.
Harley and Poison Ivy’s first cinematic encounter doesn’t look to be coming in Birds of Prey, but Robbie wants it to happen soon. During an interview with Pride Source, Robbie was asked if she was aware of Harley’s sexuality in DC comics, particularly the romantic relationship between Harley and Poison Ivy. Not only is she knowledgeable about their vast history together, but Robbie confirms she wants to explore this relationship in future films, and is working to make that happen.
Yeah. If you read the comics you know that Poison Ivy and Harley have an intimate relationship. In some comics they convey it as a friendship; in other comics you can see that they’re actually sexually involved as a couple. I’ve been trying to – I would love to have Poison Ivy thrown into the universe, because the Harley and Poison Ivy relationship is one of my favorite aspects of the comics, so I’m looking to explore that on screen.
As mentioned by Robbie, the level of Harley and Poison Ivy’s relationship can vary depending on the particular comic story. They’ve been just friends, but also romantically involved. It’s a dynamic that has not only become important to the individual characters, but also for plenty of readers and fans of them. In fact, the two were married earlier this year.
Although it doesn’t appear that 2020’s Birds of Prey will get to explore this relationship, there should be plenty of opportunities in the future for Robbie to fulfill this hope of hers and many others. The actual status of Gotham City Sirensremains unclear, but it could be brought back into development once Birds of Preyhits. Poison Ivy could also join the roster of Suicide Squad 2, which could be used as the avenue for the two women to meet. There’s also the reported Joker and Harley Quinn movie, which pits Harley against her usual love interest. This film could potentially explore Harley breaking away from an abusive partner to find a better partner in Poison Ivy.
Robbie doesn’t have anyone specifically in mind for the part right now according to this interview though. Deadpool‘s Morena Baccarin has previously expressed interest in the role, as has Mad Max: Fury Road and Hold the Dark star Riley Keough. However it does play out, Robbie is a producer on Birds of Prey, and could serve in the same role for future Harley Quinn films, so her power should be able to help get Poison Ivy in the DCEU sooner rather than later.