Fans have Batman: The Animated Series to thank for the creation of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley Quinn. It is because of the creation of Harley, that we also have the iconic show to thank for the friendship of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, first introduced in the episode appropriately named “Harley and Ivy.”
In this story Ivy tries to convince Harley that the Joker isn’t good for her and she is better off without him. They then go off and cause havoc on their own, proving they don’t need a man in their lives to make them strong.
Their friendship is shown several other times throughout the series, including going on a Christmas shopping spree in the “Holiday Knights” episode. Not only did Harley become such a popular character that she became part of proper canon in Dc Comic books, but her friendship with Ivy was explored in the comics, as well.
Margot Robbie, who played Harley in Suicide Squad, and will be returning to the role in Birds of Prey, would like to see this relationship explored on film.
If you read the comics you know that Poison Ivy and Harley have an intimate relationship. In some comics they convey it as a friendship, in other comics you can see that they’re actually sexually involved as a couple. I’ve been trying to – I would love to have Poison Ivy thrown into the universe, because the Harley and Poison Ivy relationship is one of my favorite aspects of the comics, so I’m looking to explore that on screen.
It is unlikely that we will be seeing Ivy in Birds of Prey, however. We already know that along with Margot reprising her role as Harley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be playing Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell will be Black Canary. We also know that Ewan McGregor will be portraying the film’s villain, Black Mask. So if Ivy were in the film, we’d likely know by now, and Margot wouldn’t be speaking of how she would like to see it happen.
In terms of who should portray DC’s favorite gardener, don’t ask Margot for advise on casting.
I’ve thought about it a lot and there’s no one person who springs to mind. I’m pretty open-minded.
Poison Ivy has made one appearance in a live-action film before, being portrayed by Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin, but we don’t blame you if you’ve tried to block that from your memory.
Birds of Prey is slated to start production in early 2019 with a release date set for February 7, 2020.