Harley Quinn has had a bumpy trip throughout her time within the DCEU. While she’s remained one of the fashionable characters since her preliminary debut in Suicide Squad, there have been some issues together with her first main look. The largest concern followers have been mentioning is that Suicide Squad sexualizes Harley for the only objective of interesting to the male gaze.
She began off with out a lot of her personal persona, as a result of her solely main objective was to function a prop for the Joker. Her outfits, behaviors and actions have been all extraordinarily lewd in nature, and the one factor she ever actually cared about in Suicide Squad was being wished by the Joker. In essence, her worth was based mostly on the opinions of a psychotic (and poorly written) male terrorist.
Birds of Prey positively took into consideration these flaws in her character design, respiratory new life into Harley and portraying her as an individual, moderately than an object. She cried after going via a breakup, went to a bar for drinks when she wanted to have enjoyable, lovingly took care of her pet, and practically misplaced her thoughts when she dropped her sandwich on the bottom. All of those eventualities are issues that the typical particular person can relate to, however extra importantly, Birds of Prey actually showcased Harley’s humanity and individuality.
The Suicide Squad continued to indicate Harley as being extra than simply the Joker’s sidepiece, because the movie continued to develop her persona. Her look on this film continued to distance her from the sexualization that befell within the first movie, as nicely, which followers can see from the primary second she seems. Harley apologizes for being late as a result of she needed to go “number 2” which is likely one of the most unsexy issues an individual can do. She killed the person who proposed to her, despite the fact that he did all the pieces in his energy to woo her as a result of she did not just like the type of particular person he was and he or she refused to relive her experiences with the Joker another time. Harley additionally escaped from imprisonment all on her personal, despite the fact that the remainder of the staff was making an attempt to rescue her, proving that she’s something however a damsel in misery.
It’s apparent that the Harley Quinn followers met in 2016 is miles aside from the Harley Quinn they noticed this yr in The Suicide Squad, however there are nonetheless some items lacking from her character growth. In each movie she’s been in, Harley has managed to seek out not less than one good friend on her loopy adventures. In Suicide Squad, it was Will Smith’s Deadshot. In Birds of Prey, Harley discovered a approach to bond with each girl that crossed her path, regardless of how unlikely it appeared. At the top of The Suicide Squad, Harley mentioned she would fortunately be mates with Bloodsport and the remaining members of the staff. Even although she’s made all these mates, none of them appear to stay round lengthy sufficient for his or her relationship with Harley to blossom.
Although Harley is now a really outlined particular person, her character might be enhanced by having a extra fixed presence in her life. She’s on the trail in the direction of self-discovery now that she’s free from the Joker, however that does not imply she has to do it alone. Margot Robbie has expressed earlier than that she does not suppose Harley Quinn would do nicely because the narrative middle of a DCEU venture and that she must produce other characters round her to assist her shine. The easiest method to do that can be to introduce the notorious Poison Ivy to the DCEU franchise. In addition to talking about her personal character, Robbie can also be on a mission to get Harley and Poison Ivy on display screen collectively. Having these two ladies meet nose to nose might be sure that Harley has a extra everlasting good friend in her life to depend on and assist her keep away from falling into the male-obsessed lure that had a maintain over her within the authentic Suicide Squad movie. It might additionally fulfill Margot Robbie’s needs for her character, as nicely.
Harley and Poison Ivy have an advanced historical past in a number of totally different DC animated collection and finally in DC Comics, as nicely. Their dynamic has been obtained extremely nicely by followers, as the 2 have been enemies, mates, and finally lovers. Bringing this into the live-action DCEU might imply large issues for the franchise, and for Harley’s character, by interesting extra to their feminine and LGBTQ viewers. There hasn’t been a lot queer illustration within the DCEU franchise as of proper now, and with Marvel promising followers to step up their recreation when it comes to LGBTQ characters and same-sex relationships, the DCEU must catch up. Whether or not Poison Ivy ever exhibits up within the DC and Warner Bros universe, the DCEU ought to nonetheless contemplate giving Harley some extra secure relationships in her life. After seeing her character come to this point, it could be disappointing to a whole lot of followers if Harley’s growth by no means grew past the place it is at proper now. MORE: The Suicide Squad: James Gunn Reveals Closer Look At Calendar Man