Bad news for all of you Joker fans! In a recent interview with Variety, Margot Robbie revealed that Jared Leto’s Joker — the one he played briefly in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad — will indeed not show up in the upcoming Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. The man won’t even get a cameo, despite the plot of Birds of Prey revolving around Harley’s break-up with the Clown Prince of Crime.
After Robbie revealed the news, she went on to praise Joaquin Phoenix for his performance in Todd Phillips’ Joker, whilst also revealing that Birds of Prey will not follow that films’ particular style. “I feel like the ‘Joker’ film was much more grounded. Ours is different. It’s heightened. But at the end of the day it’s a really fun, badass group of women getting together. It’s a ride. It’s a crazy ride.”
Margot Robbie will be reprising her Suicide Squad role of Harley Quinn in the film, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Ali Wong (Fresh Off the Boat), Robert Catrini (American Crime Story), Steven Williams (IT) and Derek Wilson (Preacher) round out the ensemble.
Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) will direct the spin-off, making her the first female Asian director to helm a superhero film. The script was penned by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee).
In the DC Comics, the Birds of Prey are a mostly female superhero team has included Oracle/Batgirl, Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman, Hawkgirl, Power Girl, Poison Ivy, Vixen, and Katana, who was played by Karen Fukuhara in Suicide Squad. A short-lived live-action TV series titled Birds of Prey aired on The WB from 2002-to-2003 for 13 episodes, starring Ashley Scott as Huntress, Dina Meyer as Barbara Gordon/Oracle, Ian Abercrombie as Alfred Pennyworth and Mia Sara as Harley Quinn.