“Suicide Squad might be earning mixed reviews from fans and critics, but that hasn’t stopped audiences from flocking to the movie theaters. And, as with any hit superhero movie, Suicide Squad will probably warrant a sequel, perhaps in the form of a Harley Quinn spinoff. The potential spinoff would reportedly feature Harley Quinn alongside other DC female characters Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Katana, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s no question that a movie that would bring Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Katana (a character tragically underused in Suicide Squad) would be awesome. But DC could make a much stronger film if they made a Harley Quinn origin story movie instead.
Spoilers ahead! For many fans, Harley Quinn was one of the main appeals of Suicide Squad. As a relatively recent addition to the Batman universe, Harley had never before been represented in live action on the big screen, and actor Margot Robbie is somewhat of a Hollywood it-girl at the moment. Harley was one of the first major characters announced as part of the presumed franchise, and was heavily featured in the promotional material, making her, essentially, the belle of the ball. But, sadly, in a cast of roughly nine main/supporting characters, there wasn’t a lot of Harley Quinn character development, and what was shown of her backstory and her character all had to do with her relationship with the Joker.
Harley is one of the most engaging characters in Suicide Squad, but the glossy way the film portrays her love of The Joker and their relationship borders on the inappropriate. Harley isn’t just a woman tortured by love, but someone who is physically tortured by her lover, a fact that is mostly overlooked in the film. (Yes, he eventually tries to rescue her after her capture, but it hardly seems as though it was a priority.) It’s a terrifying, troubling story, and although it’s often hard to watch, it’s definitely worthy of exploration on-screen…”