David Ayer’s upcoming supervillain team-up movie Suicide Squad is boasting a very distinctive style – particularly in terms of character design. Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, who is covered in not-very-subtle tattoos and has grills on his teeth, caused quite a stir when the first photo of him emerged, and the special lady in the Joker’s life has a similarly bold look to her outfit.
Harley Quinn, a former psychiatrist who fell in love with the Joker and was transformed into his sidekick/girlfriend, is being played in live-action for the first time by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street). The original incarnation of Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series wore a black and red jester outfit with a domino mask, but she’s been seen in a variety of different costumes across various media over the years. Suicide Squad‘s version of the character is decked out in blue and red sequinned booty shorts, a ripped T-shirt that proclaims her to be “Daddy’s Lil Monster”, a blue and red jacket and an assortment of gold accessories including a choker that spells out “Puddin” – her affectionate pet name for the Joker.
Speaking in a recent interview with Hello Giggles, Robbie revealed that this final outfit was actually the result of a great deal of experimentation – and not just on paper. Robbie actually tried on a lot of different potential Harley Quinn outfits, including her original outfit from the cartoon.
“We tried on every variation of the costume. I cannot emphasize 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.”
If the process of Robbie coming out of a dressing room in different Harley Quinn outfits and Ayer giving them a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down wasn’t filmed and turned into a montage for this movie, they should definitely do something along those lines for the next one – and there will almost certainly be a next one. Even Robbie casually alluded to wearing a different outfit in “the sequels,” and replied “Absolutely” when asked if she was keen to make another Suicide Squad movie.
Harley Quinn has so far been the Suicide Squad team member most prominently featured in the trailers, but according to Robbie that the movie isn’t just The Harley Quinn Show. “It’s an ensemble movie, and the ensemble is so strong,” she said. “Every single cast member is brilliant. Everyone’s character is so good, everyone gets their moment in the film.” The cast also includes Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, the leader with the unenviable task of trying to keep a bunch of bad guys in check, Will Smith as expert marksman Deadshot, Jay Hernandez as the pyrokinetic Diablo, Karen Fukuhara as the sword-wielding Katana, and Adam Beach as Slipknot, who is good with ropes.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.