Harley Quinn is about to find her Poison Ivy, if Cathy Yan has anything to say about it.
Harleen Quinzel, better known as the Harley Quinn, is a character that is near and dear to the hearts of many comic book fans. Her leading role in Suicide Squad turned her into a household name. Her first solo film, the atrociously titled Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), established her as a key component in the future of the DCEU, and her animated TV series, Harley Quinn has been heralded as one of the smartest DC properties of all time.
Margot Robbie will reprise her role as The Maiden of Mischief in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, season two of Harley Quinn just began syndication, and Birds Of Prey director Cathy Yan is already brainstorming sequel plans.
While little to no information about Harley’s role in The Suicide Squad is available yet, we do know what the future holds in store for Harley Quinn season two and the hypothetical Birds Of Prey sequel.
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Her Name Is Poison Ivy
Pamela Isley, AKA Poison Ivy, is an iconic DC femme fatale who has a long and storied history with the clown princess of crime. The character is most famous for her role in Joel Schumacher’s horrendous Batman & Robin, but she’s also appeared in the TV series Gotham and as Harley’s best friend in the DC Universe animated series. As one of Batman’s oldest foes, she has made a lasting impact on the world of Gotham, but it’s her relationship with Harley Quinn that makes her essential to the future of DC cinema.
In the comics, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn have a somewhat complicated relationship. Their interactions have gone from purely platonic to sexually explosive and back in the source material, and it sounds like their romance will be a big part of Harley’s story on both the big and small screens in the future. In a potentially game changing development, their LGBTQA+ romance has been teased for the DCEU and Harley Quinn.
In an interview with TheWrap, Cathy Yan said that “I would love to see Poison Ivy and I would certainly love to see the relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy” in a sequel to Birds Of Prey.
Considering that David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens, a film which would have included Pamela Isley, has been “paused” for now, Poison Ivy’s DCEU future is up in the air. Bringing her into a Birds of Prey sequel as Harley’s love interest would be a great way to build off of the idea that Harley doesn’t need Joker while providing the kind of LGBTQA+ representation that superhero cinema is sorely lacking.
More Romance In Harley Quinn Season 2
Harley’s departure and independence from Joker is as integral to Harley Quinn as it is Birds Of Prey, playing a big role in season one. Poison Ivy is her rock, her emotional support and her best friend, providing her with the love and care that she needed to make it through that transitory time. Their relationship is very important to both parties, and while their deeper feelings for each other were only hinted at in the first season, that’s guaranteed to change in season two.
Justin Halpern, one of the show’s writers promised their upcoming romantic entanglement in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “In season two we were really able to explore, what is it like when you realize you have feelings for your best friend?” Joel Schumacker threw even more gasoline onto the fire, saying “their relationship definitely takes a romantic turn”.
DC has been consistently outdoing Marvel when it comes to showcasing diverse characters in film and television for years now, and if Poison Ivy’s love does prove to be as big a part of Harley’s future as it seems, that hot streak won’t end anytime soon. Their relationship is a fan favorite, and the source material contains some truly touching panels ripe for cinematic adaptation. Is there any reason DC wouldn’t go all in on their love story?
Would you like to see a Birds Of Prey sequel featuring Poison Ivy? Will Harley and Ivy end up together in Harley Quinn season two? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media!