Out on the media circuit to promote her role in the new movie The Zookeeper's Wife, Jessica Chastian was quizzed by Cinemablend if the part of Poison Ivy had intrigued her. The actress is well accustomed to jumping onboard major Hollywood productions with big budgets and even bigger expectations, and it is a challenge she did not shy away from.
"I'm interested in all things where the characters are strong and dynamic, and not stereotypes or objects," she replied. "I like female characters that are subjects, not objects. And so, if Poison Ivy happens to be that, sure. Throw my hat in the ring."
The DC installment will act as a direct spinoff from Suicide Squad with David Ayer said to be returning to directing duties. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will be the central protagonist as the Australian doubles her duties as producer behind the scenes.
Will Ivy Go Foxy For New Addition?
While the character Pamela Lillian Isley has been a traditional redhead throughout her time in the comics and, even through the live-action version with Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin, DC could be considering Megan Fox to transition her hairdo for the part. The Transformers star is another name that knows what a lucrative franchise is all about. And, despite her lack of acting credentials, she has been linked to play the supervillain for the female ensemble extravaganza.
It would not be the first time Fox has taken a beloved character and made a hash of it. The 30-year old did likewise for April O’ Neil in Michael Bay's 2014 reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A performance that had few asking for a return until she did so via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Will GCS Amp Up The Violence For Harley's Sake?
One of the grand disappointments for Suicide Squad (of which there were many) was the tepid PG-13 rating for the picture. Watering down the DC characters who were dark and dangerous in the comic books killed the entire tone of the production. A point that Jenika Enoch of Movie Pilot ponders for Gotham City Sirens.
"It's a bit difficult to speculate on what exactly #GothamCitySirens will be about, because we don't have any further information other than the fact that it's being produced by Harley herself, #MargotRobbie, and directed by David Ayer. Still, that doesn't make this movie any less of a candidate for an R rating," she explains.
"First of all, the studio needs to realize that #HarleyQuinn is a very complex character who is quite versatile. Robbie herself said that one thing she loved about Harley was her unpredictability and complexity. Although Harley's PG-13, silly humor was a hit with audiences, there is so much more to explore in the matter of her humor, sexuality, manipulation, and capability for violence and crime."
Hopefully with Robbie pushing for change behind the scenes, the title will be in the R realm to go where Suicide Squad was not bold enough to venture.