Filming on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad has been underway in Toronto for the last month and the production has been absolutely shrouded in secrecy. Wait, no, that isn’t it. This past month has instead seen a flurry of set photos make their way online, featuring everything from Will Smith’s Deadshot leading an assault, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto) having a spat, Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) in full reptilian makeup, and Batman catching a ride atop Joker’s Lamborghini.
However, for as much footage as we’ve seen from Suicide Squad, exactly how these sequences fit within the film’s overall plot is unclear. This is especially true of The Joker’s role since one, he isn’t what anyone would call a ‘team player,’ and two, he was noticeably absent from the Suicide Squad cast photo (having had his own official reveal earlier). Leto’s Joker isn’t a part of the team, so it’s curious that he’s featured in so many of the scenes being filmed recently in Toronto.
Rumors have implied that Joker spends most of Suicide Squad behind bars, which suggests these scenes of him on the loose will form the origin story of Harley Quinn. In fact, it’s been Robbie’s Harley who has featured most heavily in set photos and videos. It’s as if she were an immensely popular character being adapted to the big screen for the first time or something.
When it comes to Harley’s on-set appearance, what’s been most noticeable is whether or not her skin is pink human flesh or white and pallid clown skin. Since these scenes will presumably come from her origin sequence in the film, many have speculated the more ‘normal’ looking Harley is actually Harleen Quinzel – her sane identity from before she becomes hopelessly captivated by Mistah J.
Today even more photos from the set of Suicide Squad (via Daily Mail) have appeared online featuring this denim-clad Harleen. What’s shown is Robbie sitting astride a motorcycle wearing a safety harness. It appears to be a tricky scene where she rides a speeding motorcycle, making a lot of quick turns, and the set report mentions that sparks were flying. Robbie’s stunt double is also shown on set in costume, but it’s Robbie performing the stunts (hence the safety belt). The intensity of the stuntwork seems minor, but it’s still nice to Robbie doing what she can herself.
This scene of Robbie speeding around on a motorbike – like her scene where she’s arguing with Leto’s Joker and shoots another man at point blank range – may feature Robbie without her full-on Harley Quinn getup, but her behavior doesn’t exactly scream that her character is entirely sane and sober of mind. So, will Suicide Squad have Harley appear both in and out of costume, even after she’s become a certified a nutcase? Perhaps.
And if so, this may suggest that Harley’s whiter shade isn’t a new skin tone she’s ‘gifted’ by The Joker, as is the case in Harley’s revamped origin in DC Comics’ New 52 continuity. Rather, Harley may simply use grease paint to achieve her pale look as she did originally. Then again, maybe David Ayer’s Harleen has a wild streak even before she becomes Joker’s henchwench – who knows!
How do you think Suicide Squad will explain Harley’s progression from psychiatrist to total psycho? And how do you think these scenes of her in and out of costume fit together? Let us hear from you in the comments below!
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.
Source: Daily Mail