Harley Quinn actor Margot Robbie, who portrayed the character in Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, and in the upcoming The Suicide Squad, announced she’s taking a break from the character.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Robbie revealed she would be taking a break from the character following the release of The Suicide Squad directed by James Gunn.
She explained, “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.”
Robbie added, “I don’t know when we’re next going to see her. I’m just as intrigued as everyone else.”
The actress also hinted that DC Comics films do not have a road map when she reacted to the fact that Harley Quinn was killed off screen as revealed during the epilogue of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Entertainment Weekly described Robbie’s reaction as “genuinely flabbbergasted when she questioned, “Whaaat?” She then went on to say, “I didn’t know that. [Laughs] Thank you for telling me.”
When pressed for her reaction on this revelation, she responded, “I guess it’s kind of like the comics.”
She elaborated, “The film version of the DC universe, I actually think they’re a lot like the comics. You pick up one comic and something’s happening and then you pick up the next comic and maybe that character’s not alive, maybe that character’s not with that person, maybe that character looks completely different.”
“Each movie is its own sort of thing, and I think that works in the comic book world, and I think that works in the DC film world as well. It’s not like Marvel where everything is more obviously linked in a more linear way. It feels like there’s so many adjacent stories, worlds, and films happening at the same time, just like there are in the comics,” she explained.
Robbie continued, “So, yeah, I didn’t know that, but it doesn’t necessarily change what other people are able to do with this universe, I don’t think. What one director decides I don’t think dictates what another director might be able to pick up and do with the world and the characters, which is fun.”
“I think that’s an appealing aspect for directors in the DC world, they can make it their own, the way James did. He didn’t have to be beholden to the version that David Ayer (director of Suicide Squad) set up. He could pick it up and make it his own, which I’m sure was more appealing for him,” she concluded.
The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6th.
What do you make of Robbie’s comments regarding DC Comics films and the fact she will be taking a break from Harley Quinn?