The DC Extended Universe films are a bit of a mess right now. Warner Bros. wanted to make a big splash with their foray into the wonderful wide world of interconnected super hero films with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but instead that hit with more of a splat than a splash. The film wasn’t by any means a failure, it was just somewhat disappointing at the box-office and savaged by critics. This is probably one of the reasons that Warner Bros. just announced Geoff Johns and Jon Berg to oversee the DC Films.
But like any fanboy, I really, really want the DC Extended Universe to be a success. They’ve done somethings right that even Marvel has been slow to implement, like a female-led solo film with Gal Gadot for Wonder Woman, and a slightly more diverse cast of heroes with Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman). They also greenlit what is becoming one of the most highly anticipated superhero film with Suicide Squad.
The trailers for Squad squarely place Harley Quinn as a central focus of the film, so it should come as no surprise that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is developing a spinoff film for Margot Robbie. Her star is also climbing very fast, so the studio wants to capitalize on that and the popularity of Harley.
It seems that the film will not be a solo film, but would rather introduce other female heroes and villains, with names like Batgirl and Birds of Prey being thrown around. Robbie will not only reprise her role, but serve as a producer, while an undisclosed female screenwriter is already hard at work penning the script.
As of right now there are two open slots in the DC Films slate: October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019, so either of those could potentially be for a Harley Quinn film and a Batman film. I suspect that there will actually be more shuffling of release dates in the future, but as of right now, those are the only two spots available.
A Margot Robbie-led Harley Quinn film isn’t the only thing being developed at Warner Bros. There’s still the long in development Lobo film, as well as Man of Steel 2, Suicide Squad 2, and a Booster Gold film. There are a few other films like Justice League Dark and Sandman being developed, but those are part of the Vertigo imprint which is being produced at New Line. Both films, however, are in development hell.
If we do get a Harley Quinn film soon, I think that not making it a solo film is the best way forward. Personally, I would love it if it was a Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy movie, as those two characters work brilliantly together. Warner Bros. should already be calling Christina Hendricks’ representatives right now, if you ask me.