First appearing in the 1992 ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ episode “Joker’s Favor,” Harley Quinn has become a pop culture icon, not just as a foil for the Joker or as Batman rogue, but on her own merits. Expanding from a cartoon character the psychiatrist-turned-psycho has made appearances in video games, TV shows, but more specifically into the live-action films ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’ where she is played by ‘I, Tonya’ actress Margot Robbie.
Almost synonymous with Harley Quinn is her sometimes best friend, sometimes romantic partner Poison Ivy, another foe of the Caped Crusader. They first tag-teamed against the Dark Knight in the ‘Batman: TAS’ episode “Harley and Ivy.” Since that time, their relationship has been turbulent and has been expanded upon in the comic books and such shows as the HBO Max series “Harley Quinn.”
However, one voice is hoping to change that. Margot Robbie recently told Den of Geek that she is openly advocating for Harley and Ivy to appear together in the DC Extended Universe film franchise.
“Trust me, I chew their ear off about it all the time,” the ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ access said. “They must be sick of hearing it, but I’m like, ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy. Come on, let’s do it.’ I’m very keen to see a Harley-Poison Ivy relationship on screen. It’d be so fun. So I’ll keep pestering them. Don’t worry.”
While a tag-team action film or romantic comedy involving the two might be appealing to many fans, the DCEU seems to be going through a turbulent time following the release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League.’
Robbie herself admitted as such, explaining in a previous interview that for the upcoming sequel ‘The Suicide Squad,’ Harley Quinn will be a very different version than what was seen previously.
“It’s interesting, depending on who’s writing her or who’s directing her,” she said. “People want to explore different aspects of the character, which is great for me because I want to explore every aspect of her. The three different movies—Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, and now The Suicide Squad—have been their own adventures, kind of like when you pick up a comic book. Depending on who your author is, it’s a different adventure.”
Only time will tell if Batman will go up against two of the most Femme Fatales in Gotham City, or if Harley and Ivy’s relationship will be explored further in other outlets.
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