I know I’ve been out of the blogging game for a while, but I felt like it was imperative to return, in order to profess my utter dismay that David Ayer will be getting his boring, monotonous and relatively misogynistic chops around yet another DC Comics adaptation – especially one that includes Harley Quinn.
Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that David Ayer will be reuniting with Suicide Squad’s best leading lady, Harley Quinn, in Gotham City Sirens – a comic series that focused on villainesses from Batman’s rogue gallery, and includes DC’s leading bad girls, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.
While Ayer is scheduled to return as director, Margot Robbie will be an executive producer on the project, and Geneva Roberston-Dworet (Tomb Raider, Sherlock Holmes 3) will be penning the screenplay, so this does give me hope that some input from actual female humans will stop him from making it into something that could, quite realistically, be reduced to softcore porn and many a sexist Twitter GIF.
I did write a post about Gotham City Sirens a while ago, professing how exciting it would be to open up the floor to female villains – and indeed heroes – in the DC Catalogue, particularly given unfortunate opinions about female superheroes/villains and their popularity among viewers… but, a slightly larger part of me is filled with genuine sadness and anxiety, mixed with heady apprehension that David Ayer is being allowed neither another DC movie without some serious adult supervision.
Let’s face it, Suicide Squad was a risky project and – frankly – he was lucky to have pulled it off. I am firm in my belief that without the reshoots to inject some more comedy into proceedings, the film would have been a huge flop and reduced Harley Quinn to nothing more than a walking, talking, crazy sex doll.
Granted, that does sound pretty ridiculous to say, considering that Suicide Squad grossed almost $750million globally and is currently the 13th highest grossing superhero release of all time in the USA – surpassing even Deadpool, but I stand by it… Suicide Squad would have sucked without the reshoots. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Suicide Squad, or I was, at least, very pleasantly surprised by how it turned out – I just have no faith in David Ayer’s directorial skills – particularly where female characters are concerned.
However, having read some content surrounding Margot Robbie’s opinions on Harley Quinn’s appearance in Suicide Squad, I am somewhat heartened that there will be someone fighting the corner of Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, and that they won’t be reduced to weapon wielding sex lollipops in tiny clothing. With Robbie’s involvement, we should see a lot more of the brilliant moments that she was able to bring to light in Harley Quinn’s Suicide Squad role.