Bleeding Cool reports DC Comics is currently putting together a “Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits” comic book compilation to release on July 23. It looks like DC will be giving Harley Quinn a much more modern spin, however, to match how she will appear in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad and Margot Robbie’s other upcoming appearances as the character.
As the Bleeding Cool piece notes, the character of Harley Quinn is extremely popular right now thanks to Margot Robbie’s approaching portrayal of the role, and the greatest hits compilation is meant to cash in on her currently trending status.
Why DC Comics Is Building Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn Into The Ultimate Cash Cow
The immense amount of publicity Robbie’s Harley Quinn has received, which includes nearly constant online press and a featured role in basically every bit of advertising for the movie, is more than likely a very intentional marketing strategy on the part of DC Comics, as Margot’s character may soon become a hallmark of DC’s cinematic universe.
The Inquisitr reported previously that Margot Robbie absolutely loves the role DC cast her in.
“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.”
Robbie has also said that she would be happy to continue reprising her performance as Harley Quinn in DC Comics films for many years to come.
“I’m so not done playing her yet,” Robbie told Fandango.
“I will do whatever I can to keep playing Harley for another couple of years. Until my body gives out and I can’t do it anymore.”
DC seems to be just as interested in building a continuing relationship with Robbie as she is with building one with them, because the comics-to-blockbusters entertainment giant has already announced they will be collaborating with Warner Bros. and Robbie to produce another Harley Quinn flick featuring a variety of DC Comics’ female superheroes and supervillains.
It looks like DC is already anticipating Harley Quinn could be a huge success, and the studio, which sources agree is struggling in comparison to rival company Marvel, may be looking for a hugely popular figure to rebuild its empire around.
The Harley Quinn comics compilation DC is publishing is their next step in turning Quinn into a megastar.
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Harley Quinn’s New Digs: DC Comics Is Updating An Old Character
DC Comics’ best of Harley Quinn compilation is not just a straightforward rehash of old material, though; DC is rewriting history.
As many DC Comics fans have pointed out with varying levels of dismay (often depending on whether the fan is male or female), the costume worn by Margot Robbie’s scantily-clad Harley Quinn is nothing like the one worn by the original Harley from DC’s comics.
Harley Quinn’s traditional DC comics garb is a lot less revealing, consisting of a full-body black and red jumper with tassels and pointed boots that give her the look of a court jester.
Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad style) by Terry Alec— best of harley (@bestofharley) May 6, 2016
Original artwork by Bruce Timm pic.twitter.com/17xmWHsZee
DC comics was probably smart to amp up Quinn’s sexiness a bit for her cinematic debut, because Suicide Squad and, more specifically, her character, has more of buzz going than any movie in recent memory.
Now that DC is readying to push Margot Robbie’s version of Harley Quinn as its next big character, they are doing their best to erase all memory of the jester-suited Harley and establish her only as the red, white, and blue-wearing vixen that will grace the silver screen this August.
As part of that effort, DC is going back to their old Harley Quinn comics before they are re-released in the new volume and actually redrawing them to portray Harley Quinn in the new outfit.
Comic Book Resources reports DC has already re-released the twelfth issue of “Batman Adventures,” the first book in which Harley Quinn appeared, with such changes, and her depictions in the upcoming best of compilation will no doubt undergo the same redesign.
How do you feel about DC Comics’ decision to rewrite history? Is it a much-needed update or a dishonest obfuscation of a classic comic element? Make yourself heard in the comments section!
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