As proof that an actress can still emerge from the ether to wow western audiences, and skyrocket to the top of Hollywood overnight, the path walked by Margot Robbie is a rare one. Having burst onto the big screen in The Wolf of Wall Street, roles in indie dramas, action-comedy-heists, and now a comic book blockbuster soon followed. And she isn’t playing just any member of the Suicide Squad – she’s playing one of the most beloved comic characters in recent history.
“She’s insane. She’s completely nuts,” is how Margot Robbie describes her character, Harley Quinn, in David Ayer’s villain-led DC adventure. But one could argue it’s Robbie who’s a little crazy. And not just for signing on for what’s guaranteed to be a heavily-scrutinized – not to mention tricky – role, but for doing so without… well, knowing anything about the story or characters when she did.
That’s not exactly on the same level of admitting to live under a rock, Robbie confesses that when she signed on to the film, she knew nothing about comic book characters in general:
“When I signed on to this there was no script, no other cast member attached. I didn’t even know the comics. All I had was David Ayer’s writing and directing. That was all I had to go off of, and I was like ‘sign me up.’”
Robbie’s comments echo those of her fellow Aussie castmate Jai Courtney, who also explained that it was David Ayer who convinced him to join the film (and in the process, changed his stance on comic movies). She went on to admit that she had previously been obsessed with Ayer’s work on such films as Fury and Training Day – films that landed him on the list of directors she “always wanted to work with.”
Robbie, who despite the pressures surrounding the role, seemed to win fans over almost immediately, has grown to love her character, and the genre as a whole, admitting to us that “I have become a comic book fan because of this movie, and now I am obsessed with it.” Robbie even says she relishes her character in particular, since she finds time to “mess with the heads” of her fellow Squadmates even while on the hunt for an unknown, magical enemy. In other words, the true villain of the movie – a distinction that Robbie can now make, since she doesn’t view ‘a villain’ as simply a criminal or killer anymore. No, she’s got her own definition:
“A misunderstood person. I mean, no one thinks they are a villain. They think they are the good guy and people just don’t understand their reasons. It’s fun being a villainous character because…I don’t feel like I played a villain. I feel like I played a misunderstood good guy.”
It’s made its mark, too, with Robbie once again voicing her commitment to playing Harley Quinn “until they won’t let me anymore.” Considering how much potential there is in spinoffs and sequels, Warner Bros. may take her up on that offer. And thanks to her newfound love of comic books, Robbie knows just how many stories surrounding Harley are waiting to be told…
“I mean if you looked at the comic books there is a whole range of relationships she’s yet to explore—like [different] missions…I think there is so much to her—there is a million different directions this [and she] could go in.”
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.