Fans of Harley Quinn have had a lot of content to enjoy in the DC cinematic world, but after The Suicide Squad, we might be seeing a period of quiet time for the character.
Often limited to the role of being a side character to Joker in various incarnations, the DC films opted to push Harley Quinn as a solo character very early on. This gave people a chance to remove the typically lovesick demeanor from their perceptions of Harley and led to her eventual mainstream role in the ever-changing DC landscape.
We first received the chance to meet Harley in live-action for the 2016 film Suicide Squad (portrayed by Margot Robbie), where she was initially smitten with the Clown Prince. Robbie went on to be the lead character in Birds of Prey, and now, The Suicide Squad will be the third installment for Robbie in DC projects.
More recently, each film tends to dilute the stories from before, with a major emphasis on more movie-specific concepts; the return of Robbie is one of the longest-lasting facets of DC's current roster. That being said, Robbie isn't exactly sure that she'll jump right back into another Harley Quinn role, telling Entertainment Weekly, "It was kind of back-to-back filming Birds… and filming this, so I was kind of like, oof, I need a break from Harley because she's exhausting. I don't know when we're next going to see her. I'm just as intrigued as everyone else is."
This feels like more of a pause from Robbie with the character than it does a departure – and with other films like Black Adam, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, Batgirl, and Zatanna all in development or filming, there's still plenty of characters to keep us entertained.
After getting to witness Robbie's tenacity as Harley in various films, I think it's safe to say that we can afford to wait for her return as opposed to finding someone new. Thoughts?