Suicide Squad is an ensemble cast with no single character any more important to the story than any other. We should all try to remember that as Margot Robbie brings Harley Quinn to life in mesmerizing detail with her skimpy “Daddy’s Lil Monster” jersey and her witty one liners that might sound far too cheesy coming from anyone else. It should also be remembered that the character played by Robbie certainly isn’t the focal point of director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, even though the latest trailer seems to suggest otherwise.
Who are we kidding? Harley Quinn is the breakout star of this DC Entertainment film and we all know it!
Warner Bros. Drops A New Suicide Squad Trailer And (Once Again) Harley Quinn Is The Star
The latest trailer for Suicide Squad reintroduces fans to Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, a character prominently featured throughout several Warner Bros. teasers for the upcoming film. And while early glimpses suggest every cast member gives a phenomenal performance, Entertainment Weekly is right in pointing out that Robbie’s Harley Quinn steals the spotlight. Even as the Suicide Squad trailer opens, the camera focuses on an ever patient Harley, as she chews her bubble gum and takes the elevator ride in stride, but viewers, as well as Quinn herself, are left feeling tense in expecting what must inevitably come.
Sure enough, Harley Quinn is bombarded with attacks in mere seconds. She dispatches of her assailants in record time in this Suicide Squad clip, leaving her plenty of time to check her text messages and even blow a few bubbles.
“I’m bored, play with me,” says Margot’s Suicide Squad character, later on in the trailer.
This offering is all about playing with Harley Quinn and she again shines as the star of the David Ayer film, but Ms. Robbie won’t take all of the credit for her surreal portrayal of this DC Comics antihero. She credits the Suicide Squad director for forcing the cast to open up and get very personal with one another, which in turn led the actors to build an unparalleled level of trust among them. That, says Robbie, helped her to really dig deep and pour all of her emotions and her past experiences into making Harley Quinn her own.
Suicide Squad Sets Harley Quinn Up To Shine On Her Own
With the possible exception of The Joker, or “Puddin” to Harley, Margot Robbie’s character may be the biggest in a list of awe-inspiring characters poised to make a mark on moviegoers and comic book fans, as Suicide Squad hits theaters next month. As the Wall Street Journal reminds long-time DC Entertainment fans, Harley has been rising in popularity since her 1992 debut in Fox’s Batman: The Animated Series, and the live-action Suicide Squad film will only serve to draw that much more attention toward a female antihero as capable of inspiring young girls as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
This is all good news for Warner Bros. and fans alike, but also for Margot Robbie, who has plans of her own for a Harley Quinn solo project. Robbie is making no secret of her plans to continue playing Harley Quinn, or for her total adoration for the character.
“She’s one of the few characters I’ve ever played where I wasn’t ready to let her go,” Ms. Robbie said.
Yes, everyone’s in love with Harley Quinn. We can all thank cartoon and comic book author Paul Dini, who, in conjunction with artist Bruce Timm, created the character. As her first live-action appearance is set to debut in Suicide Squad, Dini remarks that he sees Harley Quinn’s evolution as something akin to that of another Warner Bros. commodity: Bugs Bunny.
“He was sort of a nondescript rabbit at first, and then the more the other directors and animators had fun with him, the more he became the character he is now,” says Dini.
And Harley Quinn? Well, Dini says with no small measure of pride that he’s pleased with the way the DC Entertainment character has evolved and become an entity of her own.
“Twenty years ago, I remember talking to some of the people involved in the movies. They had no idea who she was,” he says. “Now she’s the star of her own picture, just about.”
Suicide Squad will premiere on August 5 in theaters.
[Image via Warner Bros.]