Allegedly, when she was first cast as lovable psychopath, Harley Quinn, Margot Robbie became slightly enamoured with the comic book anti-hero, immersing herself in the graphic novels, learning everything she could about the Joker’s long suffering mistress. Therefore, when she approached Warner Bros. with a Harley Quinn-centric spin off movie idea, which she will be producing and bringing a female writer on board for, Warner Bros. and DC Comics jumped at the chance to give her the opportunity, and I have some suggestions for dream characters…
Ultimately, I can’t say I blame DC Comics and Warner Bros., given that the Suicide Squad trailers we’ve seen so far, definitely focus intently on Harley Quinn’s character, meaning that both DC Comics and Warner Bros. are already pretty confident that the movie’s success will hinge a great deal on the audience’s enjoyment of Harley Quinn’s portrayal.
As I wrote earlier in the week, Harley Quinn will be a central focus to the future spin off movie; however, she won’t be the only DC character appearing in the movie. The idea is that there will be multiple DC heroes and villains appearing in the spin off, however, with only Batgirl and Birds of Prey alluded to, it leaves quite a lot open to interpretation, which is of course, what I am pretty good at writing about! So, without further ado, please proceed to my list of dream characters – both heroes and villains – that I would love to see in the future Harley Quinn spin off movie.
Harley Quinn dream characters:
I know that she has already been alluded to, but it’s still worth highlighting that I would love to see a properly represented incarnation of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl on the big screen, and she is probably one of my most pivotal dream characters. While I’ve made no secret that I hate what the New 52 comics have done to most of the female characters in the DC comic book canon, I feel that what has happened to Barbara Gordon is truly offensive, and casting Oracle aside and thus forgetting her sheer importance within DC history is a huge mistake. However, a proper incarnation of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl would still be better than nothing and a phenomenal addition to any movie.
Moreover, it makes sense, given that Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl has tangled with Harley Quinn plenty of times throughout comic book history, both alongside Batman and in her own adventures, so it would make sense to see her featured in a clash with Harley in a live action movie.
Then again, if rumours are to be believed (and when they’re this good, I choose to believe them), this is where things get slightly tricky and further highlight the implausibility of a New 52 focus for some characters and not others. Actress Jena Malone is tipped to be featured in the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice DVD release – as Barbara Gordon. The importance of this in relation to the Harley Quinn spin off, means that this opens up a lot of possibilities for Barbara Gordon’s role, not necessarily as Batgirl…
If Harley Quinn’s inclusion of Batgirl is to follow the same narrative established in Dawn of Justice, then it may also see Barbara Gordon appearing as Oracle, and not as Batgirl.
Because Ben Affleck’s Batman doesn’t follow the narrative established in New 52, and instead focuses on classic Batman storylines from DC history – in Dawn of Justice, Batman’s character is based on the 1986 Frank Millar comic, The Dark Knight Returns – this opens up a lot more possibilities for Barbara Gordon, and the likelihood of her appearing as Oracle, rather than Batgirl makes far more sense. If the Batman movies follow the continuation of the dark knight through these classic comic books, then it would suggest that within this universe, The Killing Joke also happened, meaning that DC would have to acknowledge the importance of featuring Oracle, at some point, in a live action movie.
Given that Suicide Squad first appeared in and around the time that these Millar comics were being written, this would suggest that Oracle is a contender to appear on the big screen, and if the DC Extended Universe timelines were going to make sense, Warner Bros. DC Comics and Margot Robbie would have to forgo Barbara Gordon’s New 52 narrative, and focus more on the classic, beloved, traditional and far superior DC comic book storylines – which makes me a happy girl!
If only they could have done that for Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn…
However, fret not – because Batgirl could still appear in a Harley Quinn centric movie, given that Cassandra Cain’s Batgirl was still a pretty great hero, and we’d be pretty lucky to have both Batgirl and Oracle appear together in a live action movie.
It’s almost a no brainer to include Black Canary in any DC Extended Universe movie dream characters list; not necessarily the Harley Quinn spin off movie. While audiences have seen her incarnated on the small screen in shows such as Smallville and Arrow, she hasn’t been seen in a live action film yet – although she was rumoured to appear in Justice League: Part One, but that currently remains to be seen.
If she was to appear, the rumours then suggested she would then appear in a standalone Birds of Prey movie, although whether this would happen, or the team as a whole would be established in the Harley Quinn movie, it would only add to the excitement in my opinion.
Black Canary has always been one of DC’s most important heroines, so she does deserve to finally be given recognition within the DC Extended Universe. Plus, she shares a pretty complicated history with Harley Quinn, to the point where the lines have become pretty blurred as to whether they are friends or foes.
The relationship between Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn goes all the way back to Batman: The Animated Series and the episode entitled ‘Harley & Ivy’. Ever since then, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have been both best friends, and partners-in-crime, which makes her an ideal ‘dream characters’ contender.
Given that the only incarnation of Poison Ivy we’ve ever seen on the big screen was Uma Thurman’s absolutely dire performance in Batman & Robin, it’s about time that the character is given some form of retribution, cinematically speaking. Ivy is a truly interesting character, and the fact that she hasn’t been seen in a live action spectacle since 1997 seems a shame.
We also have to remember that within this universe, Batman has been fighting for years, meaning that he will have come across Poison Ivy at some point, so including her in this Harley Quinn movie seems pretty imperative to me – with the only real decision to be made being whether Ivy and Harley are already best friends, or if they are going to become best friends throughout the duration of this new spin off movie?
I’ve written about a desire to see a standalone Catwoman movie before, but including her in a Harley Quinn spin off seems even more interesting, especially considering that she, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn respectively led the Gotham City Sirens series.
It would also be refreshing to see an incarnation of Catwoman that wasn’t entirely focused on Batman, whether this be from a romantic, antagonistic or business perspective. Given that their histories are intertwined, it would make sense for them to appear on screen together at some point, but I would much prefer to see her introduced to the DC Extended Universe as an independent character, interacting with heroes and villains who are not at all bat shaped. If DC Comics and Warner Bros. were able to do this, I’d definitely be able to mark her as number one on my Harley Quinn movie ‘dream characters’ list.
Considering Zatanna has assisted the Justice League on numerous occasions, it would be interesting to see her introduced into the DC Extended Universe as one of the superheroes in the movie.
Zatanna has also notably appeared in Gotham City Sirens, teaming up with Ivy, Talia and Harley to rescue Catwoman, following her abduction by Senpai for her information egarding Batman’s real identity. Odds are, Zatanna’s help was as the result of her telepathic and magical abilities and probably also at the behest of Batman, given that she is, after all, a siren in her own right.
I’ve always liked Zatanna, so it might only make sense to me, but having a superhero with magical abilities introduced – a la Doctor Strange for Marvel – opens up the DC Extended Universe and makes way for a lot more heroes and villains with similar abilities.
Considering that she is going to appear in the upcoming Suicide Squad alongside Harley Quinn, and of course, was a pretty important member of the first iteration of Birds of Prey, it makes quite a lot of sense to include Katana in a Harley Quinn spin off.
The circumstances resulting in her appearance in the upcoming spin off would also hinge on the conclusion of Suicide Squad. I would suggest that because she has the full trust of Rick Flagg – she is there to both protect him and ensure the other villains toe the line – I’d say that her odds of survival are almost guaranteed. By now, it should also be obvious that Harley Quinn makes it out alive too, which leads me to believe that the conclusion of this August’s Suicide Squad, will see the remaining villains disperse/escape, and it will be Katana’s mission to find Harley Quinn – which leads us to Katana’s appearance in the new Harley Quinn spin off!
While there are two versions of Huntress in the DC Canons, I would say that the Helena Wayne version being included in any live action movie would be impossible – Helena Wayne’s Huntress is the daughter of both Batman and Catwoman, created during an alternate universe type time in the 1960s, therefore her position in this dream characters list is redundant. However, Helena Bertinelli’s Huntress makes far more sense.
Being the daughter of a powerful mafia boss, and seeing her family slaughtered by a rival gang, Helena’s story is established through revenge, leading her to become the costumed vigilante, Huntress.
Huntress was also a pretty integral part of the original Birds of Prey line up, having established it alongside both Oracle and Black Canary, so if the Birds of Prey are going to be established on the big screen, then she needs to be one of its founding members.
Although most wouldn’t add her to the list of dream characters, Shiva would be an interesting inclusion in a Harley Quinn spin off movie for so many reasons: she has connections with Batman, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon. Not only that, but if my theory regarding Batgirl/Oracle is correct, it would also mean that Shiva has a connection with Cassandra Cain’s Batgirl.
Shiva was first introduced to Gotham when Batman sought her training, following the fight in which Bane broke his back. During this time (Batman: Knightfall: Knightsend) Shiva also kills the sensei notable for training Catwoman (which could add some interesting scenes between these two if they share a screen). Following that, Lady Shiva is seen in Birds of Prey, during a joint hunt with Black Canary, in which they search for the murderer of their shared sensei.
The inclusion of Lady Shiva on those premises alone, make sense for her to appear in the Harley Quinn spin off, although I’m not sure if the murder of the sensei would be explored – this might derive from the plot too much – but her appearance for the following reason could make an excellent addition to the movie, and change the course of the DC Extended Universe entirely.
So, we have to keep in mind that this entire theory hinges off the fact that DCEU are going to introduce Barbara Gordon’s character as Oracle, and use Cassandra Cain as Batgirl – without this, the theory doesn’t work, so keep that in mind.
After having fled her father, David Cain (powerful assassin also notable for training Batman), Cassandra travels the world as a mute (she wasn’t taught to read or write, she only knew how to fight), until she arrives in Gotham. Seeing the potential in her, and with Barbara’s permission, she is given the mantle of Batgirl. Shiva soon discovers that Batgirl is Cassandra, and challenges her to a fight to the death, stopping when she realises that Cassandra is not at her peak. I know, complicated, right? But, the important thing to note here is that Lady Shiva is Cassandra Caine’s mother – Shiva gave birth to her daughter, hoping that she would be trained enough to be able to kill her.
It would be an interesting avenue and plotline to explore, especially considering the fact that Cassandra does eventually paralyse her mother, before abandoning the name of Batgirl. It would leave room for Barbara Gordon to reprise her role as Batgirl, if the Oracle character eventually regains the ability to walk – which is why she isn’t included in New 52 – Barbara Gordon regains the ability to walk.
It’s highly unlikely that the latter will appear in the Harley Quinn spin off movie, but I hope that she does – it would add so many potential avenues for the film to explore, and also see Barbara Gordon at her very best as both Oracle and Batgirl… Maybe I should just get in touch with Margot Robbie and give her my ideas.
Who would be on your dream character list? Who you like to see appear in the Harley Quinn spin off movie?