Why Joker Isn’t The Villian In Birds Of Prey

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When 2016’s Suicide Squad became a blockbuster hit in theatres many people may have expected to see Jared Letos Joker return in the sequel given just how much of a role he played in Quinn’s backstory.

There was speculation that a Joker/ Harley film was under consideration along with a Gotham City Sirens film or a solo Harley film. We now know what was ultimately decided as multiple trailers for Birds Of Prey have released and we notice the absence of the Joker.

Margot Robbie, who is not only the lead in the film but also a producer had this to offer:

Given how “so completely consumed in Joker” Harley was at that stage, Robbie said Harley’s next film appearance was “either going to be all or nothing” when it comes to Joker’s involvement. “It was either going to be a complete Harley/Joker story or Joker has got to be out of the picture,” Robbie explained. “I really wanted to see Harley in a girl gang and I felt there was a huge gap in the market for a girl gang ensemble action film. I felt like no one was doing that and I couldn’t understand why, especially a comic book movie.”

via IGN

She continues to give more of an explanation as to Jared Leto’s absence from the film. “From the very beginning it was a conscious choice of they have to be broken up at this stage, so I have a whole backstory in my head [of] what’s happened between what you saw at the end of Suicide Squad and what you see at the beginning of Birds of Prey. But ultimately that’s a rocky road and where (this) movie starts off? They break up.”

Birds Of Prey will release in theaters on February 7, 2020. Keep it locked here at NGN for all your film news and updates.

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