Arrow had 'big plans' for Harley Quinn, at least before Suicide Squad

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May 26, 2015, 2:26 PM EDT (Updated)

The CW's hit series Arrow dropped a nice Harley Quinn easter egg a while back, but it turns out they had much bigger plans. At least, they did before Suicide Squad came along.

Series co-star Willa Holland, aka Thea Queen, was chatting about what could’ve been during a recent appearance at the MCM comic-book convention in London. According to Holland, the Arrow producers had wider ambitions beyond that pigtailed cameo at ARGUS — but the bigwigs at DC locked the character down after Margot Robbie was tapped to play Harley in David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad flick.

Here’s an excerpt from what she had to say about the character:

"We had big plans for Harley. But, I guess something came down from DC execs that told us to shut it down. I mean we had that tease with the pigtails and the ARGUS outfit but, we’ll never see it. We would love to Harley in Arrow but it will never happen."

Considering the producers went so far as to drop in an easter egg, it’s no surprise they were wanting to do even more with it. These guys rarely plant an easter egg without a bigger plan, and Harley Quinn is one of the most popular characters out there — it makes sense they’d like to roll her in.

What’s strange is the fact that DC shut the idea down, considering we’re already going to have a big-screen and small-screen Flash. We’ve also already seen a Deadshot on Arrow (though, admittedly, that’s changed as of late), so this seems to hint at a larger tightening for DC to keep the rosters as different as possible across media.

Check out the interview below:

What do you think? Should DC have let them use Harley Quinn on Arrow?

(Via Flicks And The City)

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