Margot Robbie Talks About Creating Harley Quinn and Confirms That Jared Leto Will Not Appear in Birds of Prey

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”33881″ img_size=”900×500″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Margot Robbie’s acting chops are a force to be reckoned with. After having been in such iconic movies as Wolf on Wall Street, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and I, Tonya, Robbie is saddling back into the role that made her huge in the comic-book scene. No matter what you think of 2016’s Suicide Squad, you know you loved Robbie as Harley Quinn. Everyone did, which is why her character is one of the few that has survived the changes at Warner Brothers throughout the years. Robbie is essentially the main focal point of the upcoming Birds of Prey movie and she will have an appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

Playing Harley Quinn

Robbie did her research when it came to Harley Quinn. According to an interview with Variety, Robbie says she “fell in love” with the character. She didn’t, though; understand why Harley would stay in a relationship with the Joker who “wants to kill her most of the time”. To really get into the headspace, she read Sam Shepard’s play “Fool for Love” which is about a destructive relationship. She also listened to TED Talks by women who had schizophrenia and were accomplished professionals. She read plenty of comics:

“Harley has this unpredictable nature that means she could react in any way to any situation, which as an actor is just a gift.”

Creating Birds of Prey With Christina Hodson

Robbie also talked about meeting with Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson, with whom she shares an agent:

“An hour and a half later, we were drunk on a Wednesday morning, and we’ve been friends ever since. The ideas started flowing.”

Hodson has also commented on the version of Harley Quinn we will get in Birds of Prey:

“She really wanted to see Harley with girlfriends, Harley in a girl gang. Harley is such a naturally sociable character. And I think there was just a general longing to see girls together on screen — women being friends.”

For inspiration for Birds of Prey, Robbie would describe meeting up with Hodson to watch movies and discuss comic books. One movie she highlights is Trainspotting:

“How did they achieve this feeling of beautiful chaos, but within it, everything feels satisfying?” – It should be noted that Ewan McGregor was the lead in Trainspotting and he plays villain Black Mask in Birds of Prey.

Choosing Cathy Yan as the Director

Birds of Prey’s director is Cathy Yan, who only has one movie credit – 2018’s indie film Dead Pigs. You would think that you wouldn’t want someone so green to direct such a massive production, but Robbie was sold on Yan:

“She spoke to the aesthetic color palette, how she wanted to shoot action, how she wanted costume design to be reflective of the characters’ personalities. It was perfect.”

Jared Leto’s Joker Will NOT Appear

There have been a lot of rumors floating around, but Robbie has confirmed that Leto’s Joker does not appear at all. Robbie did though praise Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, but did say that her film is nothing like Todd Phillips’ movie:

“I feel like the ‘Joker’ film was much more grounded. Ours is different. It’s heightened.”

No matter what the future of DC movies brings us, Robbie will always fill seats as Harley Quinn. In fact, she will fill seats no matter what project she’s in, because she’s just that good. Are you excited for Birds of Prey?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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