Award-winning actor Margot Robbie has welcomed the prospect of a same-sex romance for her character Harley Quinn in the upcoming film Birds of Prey.
Robbie is fully up-to-date with the DC villain’s relationship status, who was confirmed to be dating fellow baddie Poison Ivy in 2017.
“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,” Robbie said in an interview with LGBT+ news outlet Pridesource.
She added: “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 favourite aspects of the comics, so I’m looking to explore that on screen.”
Robbie, who first played Harley Quinn in the 2016 film Suicide Squad, is set to reprise the role in Warner Bros’ Birds of Prey, due for release in 2020.
The film is presented as a spin-off from Suicide Squad and will find Harley Quinn, whose controversial relationship with The Joker has ended, assemble an all-female group of DC characters.
Margot Robbie is “open-minded” about who should be playing Poison Ivy.
Alongside Black Canary and Huntress, who have both featured in Arrow, the gang will include Renee Montoya, a lesbian Gotham City detective.
Margot Robbie has no preference on who should play Poison Ivy
It remains unclear at this stage whether Poison Ivy will be included in the storyline as details about the film as still mostly kept under wraps.
Robbie has no clear preference as to who should be playing Poison Ivy.
“I’ve thought about it a lot and there’s no one person who springs to mind. I’m pretty open-minded,” she said.
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have long shared a friendship, which has been the object of much speculation.
Harley Quinn writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner already confirmed in 2015 that the two were “girlfriends,” yet their relationship was one “without the jealousy of monogamy.”
The two characters also shared a kiss in the DC Bombshells series, set during World War II in an alternative universe where there are only female superheroes.
Their first “canonical” kiss, taking place in the DC main universe, finally appeared on the pages of the Harley Quinn #25 in 2017—ending speculation over their relationship once and for all.