Suicide Squad is inching closer, and Harley Quinn is crazier than ever—will we see her don the iconic Harley Quinn jester suit from 1992?
Those who have been reading DC Comics and are familiar with Batman: The Animated Series would be quite familiar with antagonist Harley Quinn, known to be quite a headache to Batman and a sidekick to the Joker. Ever since Batman: The Animated series and way before Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn has already appeared in various forms and sizes such as in the miniseries Thrillkiller, Earth-3, in the prequel comic to the game Injustice: Gods Among Us, in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, in the Suicide Squad episode of Arrow, and in Birds of Prey, among many others.
In all these instances, Harley Quinn appears in a different costume from her previous self, that’s why it’s hard to create for Suicide Squad a single Harley Quinn across these universes. But it remains that none is still as iconic as her original red and blue jester costume.
It seems Suicide Squad really did made an effort to recreate the jester outfit for Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie, the actress playing Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, did reveal previously that they tried various Harley Quinn outfits, including the red and blue court jester outfit, for Suicide Squad.
“Oh, we tried on every variation of the costume. I cannot emphasis enough how many outfits, and how many variations of the Harley Quinn costume we tried. We tried the court jester costume, we tried the corset and skirt, we tried leather pants, we tried literally every type of costume possible for her. I really love where we ended up. And who knows, maybe in the sequels we’ll go with the court jester one. I think there’s a world of possibilities.”
During a visit to the Toronto set of Suicide Squad, costume designer Kate Hawley told reporters that they did make Harley Quinn’s jester costume, but it didn’t make the cut.
“The jester suit has an amazing, powerful quality to it. We built that. We actually put it on Margot, and she looked amazing. There’s a moment where there’s homage to that very garment. What happens, though, and the way David works—and I’m not speaking out of turn here—and because it’s a very organic quality and he’s writing it as we speak, the weight of things change. There’s beats that you think you can establish an arc within and then it changes again. We have limited beats to show all the elements.
“There are so many elements and depth to her character. And we built stuff for scenes that aren’t here anymore, and things like that.”
The iconic Harley Quinn jester outfit was perfect, but maybe not too apt for the portrayal that Suicide Squad was going for in the end. In fact, there have been many other concept arts for Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, and Hawley have drawn inspiration from rock and roll icons to the Instagram accounts of Mexican drug cartels.
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At the end of the day, the Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn just loves dressing up. DC Comics describes Harley Quinn.
“Love makes us do crazy things. And for the bubbly and psychotic Harley Quinn, that includes dressing in costume, becoming a super-villain, carrying gag-themed weaponry, and murdering countless civilians—all just to put a smile on her puddin’s face.”
Will we ever see Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn donning that iconic jester outfit? Well, the Suicide Squad team admits they still can’t fully get over the jester costume.
“…we quote every comic variation of her. It’s her dress-up box. And I feel sure that jester suit is going to come into it because none of us can leave it alone.”
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