Captain America, Batman, Iron Man, and the rest of you superheroes, step aside. You’ve got box office competition. The anti-hero movie Suicide Squad is about to feature all of your worst enemies, including the Joker and his sidekick Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie.
Warner Brothers is banking on it being a winner when it opens on August 5. And given that it will hit the box office before school starts, the film’s success is likely to be rated by students who have the flexibility to see it any day or night of the week.
Margot Robbie Discusses Her Role
In a recent interview with the Oyster, Margot Robbie explained that she was sent the script by writer/director David Ayer and offered the part without an audition.
“…for the first time, I thought that I had the best character in the movie. I wouldn’t trade my character in Suicide Squad for anyone else’s.”
For those who have not read DC comics or who do not remember, Harley Quinn was a hospital psychiatrist who fell in love with the Joker and became a rather low-level sidekick, complete with the clown face and a sick/sweet sense of humor.
A Good Choice By Ayer
While Will Smith as Deadshot and Jared Leto as the Joker are sure to be box office draws for Suicide Squad, the choice of Margot Robbie for the role of Harley Quinn was a smart move.
Coming off of her hit roles in the TV series Neighbours, the movie hit The Wolf of Wall Street, and the coming The Legend of Tarzan (release date July 1), in which she plays Jane, Robbie is probably one of the hottest commodities among female actor right now.
Robbie Thrilled With Her New “Dirty” Roles
After her role in The Wolf of Wall Street, Robbie did not want to face type-casting. In that film, she plays Naomi, opposite DiCaprio. It was her American film debut, and the concern was that she would only be considered for similar roles in the future.
“I was really glammed-up in Wolf…so I said to my team, ‘I’m never going to get anything other than that kind of glam thing now, so we need to do something where I’m dirty.'”
Getting the roles in The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad have taken care of that worry.
Not A Comic Book Fan
Robbie recently revealed, as reported by HitFix, that she was never a fan of comic books and certainly not American comic books. After all, she grew up in Queensland in a very moderate household, with her mother, two brothers and older sister. Now, that has all changed.
“The comics are rad…I hadn’t read any growing up, but now I’m obsessed. I read them in my own time. We went to Comic-Con this year…the energy is insane. People are nuts. I could go as Harley Quinn in the actual costume from the movie, and somebody there would have a better one.”
And The Teaser
It seems that the planet faces some terrible and powerful, but unknown, threat, and a government agency, Task Force X, has decided to release all of its supervillains and offer clemency if they take on the mission to destroy this threat and actually survive. While there are few details of the exploits of all of these anti-heroes and the ultimate outcome of their quest, Robbie is excited about her role.
As she says, “I got the best part.”
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