More news buzzes around DC Comics’ anticipated Suicide Squad, this time revolving around actress Margot Robbie. The blonde bombshell has already been announced to play villainous vixen Harley Quinn, but recently she revealed the news that her contract with Warner Bros. will last a whopping 10 years.
With the next decade of her life legally dedicated to the psychiatrist-turned-criminal Harleen Quinzel, Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) appears excited and not at all daunted by the prospect, telling AZCentral:
You don’t need to have commitment issues to be frightened by the fact that you might have just signed 10 years of your life away. But with her, it’s a character I don’t think would ever get boring. Ever.
This type of contract harkens back to Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age, when stars signed exclusive multi-year contracts with individual studios. Interestingly, Samuel L. Jackson signed a similar type of contract a few years ago when he agreed to star in nine Marvel movies. Unlike Robbie’s current deal however, that contract was measured in movies and not years. Only time will tell if these deals represent the beginning of a shift in how business is done in Hollywood.
Although the next DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. comes to us in the form of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice - not to mention Batman V. Superman has a larger budget at $131 million – Suicide Squad (rumored to have a $40 million price tag) seems to pack equally as big a punch in terms of news hype, particularly with its ongoing casting changes (see: Tom Hardy’s exit and Joel Kinnaman’s potential addition to the project).
The success of both Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad is tentative, but no matter the actual box office draw, Warner Bros. is gearing up its production schedule for a massive DC Comics undertaking. Within the next 5 years, the production house is planning on churning out 2 comic book films a year, fleshing out the iconic DC superhero characters one-by-one: Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, and Cyborg are expected to receive their own stand-alone movies, along with a rebooted Green Lantern.
Such superhero-centric scheduling is reminiscent of Marvel’s own comic book multi-verse, and both studios seem to have the same ideas in mind. For instance, both Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad and Marvel’s The Sinister Six revolve around a team of evil-doers ready to destroy their respective cities, and both movies have 2016 theatrical release dates (Suicide Squad debuts in August, with The Sinister Six not far behind in November).
Robbie’s confidence in Suicide Squad’s theatrical resonance may not be unfounded, but as for now, an official sequel to the movie is not in the works. With her enthusiasm though, it is quite possible for Harley Quinn to have a cameo in one or more of the ten upcoming DC Comics films.