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Viewpoint – Daddy’s Little Monster could save DCEU, hopefully

By Katelyn needham/ campus editor

It’s no secret that the DC Extended Universe movies haven’t all lived up to the high expectations of the critics.

DC comic movies have revolved heavily around Batman and the success of the hero’s films.

Some Superman movies were filmed as well, but no other heroes from the Universe really got screen time.

The Extended Universe got off to a shaky start with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in March. It tried to serve the overall Universe before it served itself as a well-developed superhero movie, an issue the Extended Universe movies have run into thus far.

But a rumored Harley Quinn spinoff movie might be the missing link to save the series and promote feminism in the male-dominated movie genre.

Harley Quinn is one of the only characters who successfully developed enough of a fan base and notoriety to make the jump from Batman: The Animated Series to the comics. She was originally added solely to be the Joker’s love interest but quickly proved the character could hold her own.

The anti-hero even overshadows her love interest in the movie Suicide Squad, DC’s latest installment in the Extended Universe.

The dominantly female movie will feature not only Harley but Batgirl, Birds of Prey and rumored Poison Ivy, all of which are strong female characters who have been featured very little outside of the comics and cartoon.

It would be one of the first of its kind, aside from the Wonder Woman film being released in 2017, in the superhero Universe and would help DC capitalize on its female fan base that hasn’t gotten the representation in other major films.

Margot Robbie will not only be acting as Harley but also producing the film while the screenplay will be written by an unnamed female writer.

Even without an actual name and release date, though it has been rumored to be released as early as 2018, the movie has managed to generate enough buzz to pique the interest and speculation of fans.

With that being said, it’s easy to see why fans can hope this film will put the less-than-ideal start of the Extended Universe in the past.

Maybe all it needed is a feminine touch and a villainous one at that.

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