There are an awful lot of rumors and rampant speculation regarding the latest addition to the DC Extended Universe, so we’re here to set everything straight.
Five days ago, The Hollywood Reporter reported that David Ayer would be reteaming with Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie on a brand new film for the DCEU revolving around Robbie’s Harley Quinn and a group of other Gotham-based female villains. They also reported that the film would be titled Gotham City Sirens.
Ayer then followed that announcement by tweeting #Sirens4ever along with an image of, well, the Gotham City Sirens: Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.
Other than those few sentences, and the fact that the film seems to be eyeing a 2018 release, we know next to nothing about the film. We do not know, for example, which characters will appear, though the title and Ayer’s tweet would suggest we’ll see the traditional siren line-up. We certainly have no idea what actors might appear in the film (other than Robbie, of course). We don’t even know whether the film will follow the plot of the comic story, or if it is simply capitalizing on a familiar title.
None of this, however, has stopped the veritable tidal wave of speculation and assumption.
I’m sure we’ll talk about this a lot over the next few years, but for those who do not know, Gotham City Sirens was a comic series a few years ago which saw Harley Quinn and her newfound friend and roommate Poison Ivy going up against both Catwoman and Harley’s on-again-off-again boyfriend, the Joker. The series is most notable for delving into the romantic relationship between Harley and Ivy, and for deconstructing the reasons behind Harley’s constant return to her obviously abusive relationship with the Joker.
Fans and publications alike have been quick to jump on the idea of a Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy relationship plotline in the film. MoviePilot.com even went so far as to report that the film would, in fact, offer us our first LGBT comic book film. But that assumption is so far from factual as to be either laughable or infuriating. It assumes not only that Poison Ivy will appear in the film (which itself has yet to be confirmed), but also that the film will following the plot of the comic book, something that would be difficult to do given where we left off at the end of Suicide Squad.
As far as we know, in the current chain of events, Poison Ivy isn’t even a villain in Gotham, or, if she is, she and Harley do not even know each other, let alone possess a deep personal friendship. Not to mention the fact that, while the sheen may have been off the rose in her relationship with the Joker, Harley and Mr. J were last seen busting out of prison to wreak a whole new kind of chaos on the world.
It will take a special kind of shoehorning to get us from where we are to where we would need to be in order to properly portray the Harley/Ivy romance in a way that didn’t seem like outright fan service or gross fanboy titillation.
Then, there are the casting rumors, or rather, the one casting rumor, which states that Megan Fox is being eyed to take on the role of Poison Ivy. This is also not entirely true and seems to be based off one post on Bleeding Cool. In the piece, Bleeding Cool stipulates that the actress has expressed an interest in playing the villainess before, and points to “hard evidence” that she has been ordering Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy comic books to be delivered to her Warner Studios address. While that may point to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actress perhaps planning to make a play for the role, it is far from confirmation that she is under any actual consideration for it.
Especially because, once again, we don’t even know for certain that Ivy will appear in the film.
I suppose, at the end of the day, what I’m trying to say here is cool your heels. Let’s let the studio actually make a few announcements and confirm some information before we run off half-cocked into a flurry of nerd rage and hapless fandom wishing. We have a tendency to make up our minds about a property before there’s anything to judge (I am just as guilty as the rest of you) and it’s never very productive for anyone.