During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Margot Robbie reacted to hearing of Harley Quinn’s Death in The Snyder Cut.
If you’ve seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max, then you’re well aware of Harley’s fate; revealed in the “Knightmare” future scene. Batman reveals to The Joker that she died in his arms. Harley doesn’t appear in the film and it seems that Margot Robbie has not caught the four-hour feature, nor has anyone told her of her character’s fate. “Whaaat?” is all Robbie could say when Entertainment Weekly broke the news to her. “I didn’t know that. [Laughs] Thank you for telling me!”. Her spirits didn’t seem out of sorts as she offered some additional thoughts:
I guess it’s kind of like the comics. 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.
On Different Directors Takes
Margot Robbie also explained how what one director does with DC characters doesn’t mean the next director is necessarily beholden to that:
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.
While it seems DC Comics filmmakers have more leeway in what they do, there is an argument that that’s part of why the DCEU had such a rocky start. And while they may be using the multiverse and The Flash movie to help explain away some continuity issues, it seems like Warner Bros. is still sticking to some sort of canon. The studio doesn’t recognize Zack Snyder’s Justice League as canon—they still look at the theatrical cut as official canon.
Regardless of what the messy DCEU canon looks like now, or in the future, Harley Quinn is safe! For now at least. Margot Robbie is set to reprise her role in The Suicide Squad by James Gunn, which he has said, numerous times at this point, that no one is safe. We’ll be able to find out if Harley Quinn makes it out the other end on August 6th when The Suicide Squad releases in theaters and on HBO Max.
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