James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is ultimately right here with supporters and critics alike thrilled with the hottest entry to the DC Prolonged Universe and how it brings with each other some of DC’s strangest and most vicious criminals for a risky, bigger-than-everyday living mission. The movie now has prompted calls for far more, be it a third Suicide Squad movie or additional spin-offs of the DC “villain-verse” but if there is 1 undertaking that The Suicide Squad proves we require it is really a Gotham City Sirens motion picture thanks not only to the evolution of the Harley Quinn character exhibited in the film but the film serving as evidence that villain teams make for movies that are just as fascinating — and potentially even far more so — than those people that centre all over heroes.

Just a heads up: there will be some spoilers for The Suicide Squad beyond this stage. Switch again if you have not still observed the movie.

Gotham City Sirens is a job that has been mentioned for a very long time and, following the release of David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad even appeared like it may possibly come about. It was introduced in late 2016 that Ayer experienced been introduced on board to immediate the movie which would see Margot Robbie reprise her job as Harley Quinn. However, the movie ultimately progressed into the Cathy Yan-directed Birds of Prey and at the moment, Gotham Town Sirens is on pause however curiosity in the film continues to be. Robbie herself mentioned very last calendar year that she “absolutely would be fascinated to go after” the project and examine Harley’s dynamic with Catwoman and Poison Ivy, the other woman villains central to the Gotham Town Sirens comedian.

But why now, immediately after The Suicide Squad and not Birds of Prey, is the time proper? The key rationale is that the variation of Harley we get in The Suicide Squad is the most absolutely-produced and fully-realized edition of the character we’ve observed to day. Harley as portrayed in The Suicide Squad maintains her loud, brash, and bonkers identity, but will come with a more robust feeling of self than we’ve at any time noticed. In Suicide Squad, Harley was even now pretty a lot tied to the Joker and when we see her in Birds of Prey, she’s damaged no cost from him but is nevertheless finding her voice and identification without having him. In The Suicide Squad, Harley appreciates herself completely, something that is most likely most obviously demonstrated when she enthusiastically (if not sick-advisedly) chooses to settle for Corto Maltese dictator Silvio Luna’s (Juan Diego Botto) advancements and then terminates the romance soon after determining pink flags and obtaining promised herself she will not likely be in harmful interactions once more.

This Harley is the form of anti-hero prepared for Gotham City Sirens. Not only is Harley her have human being in a way we’ve by no means genuinely viewed before, but her tale no for a longer time has to revolve all-around a male impact. Whilst a single can argue that Harley was quite impartial in Birds of Prey, her story did continue to revolve all around the Joker. Her full conflict with Roman Sionis/Black Mask arrives from Harley no longer remaining less than the Clown Prince of Crime’s safety. By the time we see her in The Suicide Squad, she’s earlier that. Her crimes and actions are her have which indicates that, after the functions of The Suicide Squad which sees her released from her imprisonment, her return to Gotham would be on her phrases as an established figure, not someone’s ex-girlfriend and unquestionably somebody who can protect herself. It helps make her a considerably additional impressive character and a best ally for two other potent feminine villains — Catwoman and Poison Ivy — as now the tale would be a lot more about the gals and not the adult men influencing their lives which was nevertheless a important portion of Birds of Prey. And, to be blunt, we have viewed a lot more ongoing character development with Harley Quinn in the DCEU than we have with both Superman or Batman at this issue. That forward momentum requirements to continue.

Incorporating to Harley at last being at a stage, character-clever, where by the story and group-up make feeling, The Suicide Squad alone proves that the brash, vibrant villain-centric comedian e-book story can make for an arguably greater motion picture than extra conventional superhero fare. Whilst the Gotham Metropolis Sirens comic is a little bit darker in tone — unsurprising specified the Gotham Town setting — it shares some of the characteristics of Suicide Squad comics, specially the use of a lot more uncommon people this kind of as the Joker’s authentic sidekick Gaggy, The Broker, Boneblaster. You can find a whole lot a movie could attract from without having getting to tie the figures and story much too considerably to any of the a lot more traditional elements of Gotham and the DC Universe while at the same time further building that corner of points to be explored by other figures in other films. The prospects are unlimited.

With Harley Quinn coming into her own in The Suicide Squad as perfectly as that film displaying the prospective of villain-centric movies that make use of non-prestige people in telling participating stories, The Suicide Squad proves that the time is appropriate for Gotham Metropolis Sirens. A Harley Quinn lastly free from the Joker and who has just recognized herself preserving the earth is 1 that is ripe to return to Gotham and group up with two other, effective female villains, shaking things up not just for Gotham Town, but for the DCEU as properly.