It's less than a year until the release of Suicide Squad, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about DC's supervillain team-up movie. One of those, and possibly the most interesting of the bunch, is Margot Robbie's portrayal of the infamous Harley Quinn, a performance that marks the first live-action appearance of the fan-favourite. Rumored for movies for decades, the barmy hooligan formerly known as Harleen Quinzel will finally get to strut her stuff in typical, violent fashion, and Margot Robbie recently took time out to chat about the beloved character.
Speaking to Cineplex, Margot Robbie discussed Harley's standard quirks and mannerisms, and it soon became obvious that the Australian actress thoroughly enjoyed her time as one of DC's most famous villains.
"Harley is creepy, violent, crazy — all of the things that I aspire to be! No. It's the fun of living vicariously through someone who is doing things that I would never do in real life."
Robbie was also reunited with her Focus co-star Will Smith during the movie. Smith plays Deadshot in Suicide Squad, an assassin who never misses a kill-shot, and Robbie commented fondly on the reunion.
"I enjoyed working with Will so, so much that I was overjoyed when I heard that we would be working together again. I actually texted him when I heard he was in negotiations to be in Suicide Squad and kept peer-pressuring him, 'You'd better be taking this movie!' He obviously signed on for his own reasons, but I was so incredibly happy that we got to do Round Two. He's awesome on set and awesome off set. He's just a really, really good person."
Robbie and Smith shared some sizzling chemistry in Focus so here's hoping the familiarity between the two thespians produces results for Suicide Squad. Deadshot and Harley won't be flying solo, though. The film will also includes a roster of DC villains such as The Joker (Jared Leto), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), who is also making his debut on the big screen. One aspect of the film that hasn't been obvious in the trailers is the dynamic relationships between each of the characters, so expect some fireworks to fly.
It's not all about the villains, though. Robbie will also share the screen with Joel Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flagg, the reluctant leader of the Suicide Squad, and Ben Affleck's Batman is scheduled for a cameo appearance to link the film to the DC Universe. Remember, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have made its major presence known in cinemas by the time Suicide Squad hits theatres in August, so one can imagine Batman's cameo will induce whoops of joy during the screening. Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer (Harsh Times, Fury), so expect the PG-13 rated movie to still contain some moderate violence and dark, emotional heft.
As revealed by What Culture, Suicide Squad will be the third installment in the DC Extended Universe, behind Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will be followed by Wonder Woman (2017), The Flash (2018), Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019), Cyborg (2020), Green Lantern Corps (2020), and the two-part Justice League movie (2017 and 2019). A sequel to Man of Steel and another Batman solo movie have also been announced too. With Marvel firmly in charge of the superhero genre, DC could be about to step up in a phenomenal way. With characters like Harley Quinn amongst their yet-to-be-used arsenal, consider this the first shot fired.
Suicide Squad will open in the UK and U.S on August 5, 2016.
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