UPDATE: Forbes how updated their report, saying that Harley Quinn will appear in The Suicide Squad after all. The original story continues below.
A new report from Forbes is out this morning, clearing up some DC Films rumors. It also answers questions fans have had regarding projects like James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
According to Forbes, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is not expected to return in Gunn’s film. Harley was the breakout start of 2016’s Suicide Squad so there has been some thought that perhaps she would stick around despite Gunn using a mostly new cast. Apparently, that will not be the case and Harley is out.
Harley will appear in Birds of Prey, of course, but certain rumors regarding the future of that franchise are said to be false. There are no current plans for a Gotham City Sirens project to cross over with BoP. Batgirl also does not have any ties to BoP at this time.
The Harley and Joker movie, as well as the potential solo movie for Jared Leto’s Joker, have also been scrapped. That’s no surprise considering we have not heard an update on either project in such a long time, but they are indeed dead.
Effectively, there is nothing set in stone regarding Harley Quinn’s DC Films future beyond her Fantabulous Emancipation in Birds of Prey. She is a wildly popular character, however, so there’s no cause for alarm. That Gotham City Sirens is not presently part of the plan does not preclude Warner Bros. from making the film eventually.
The studio has been pretty clear about its intention to focus on individual films/franchises over crossovers. It’s not a major surprise that the studio might want to see how Birds of Prey, which recently started production, takes shape before committing to the next step involving its main characters.
Harley Quinn has a future in DC Films and it’s okay if we don’t know exactly what it is yet.