The Suicide Squad movie, which has been touted as the punk-rock stepchild of the DC Extended Universe, is finally hitting theaters next week. The anticipation is at a fever pitch from fans hoping to see the more obscure factions of the DC Universe make a better impact on-screen than the holy trinity did in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

One of the more interesting parts of the film is that it features the first live-action exploration of the complicated and tumultuous relationship between Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto). A new image, posted to the official Jared Leto Instagram, shows a flashback of Harley and Joker in the beginnings of their relationship at Arkham Asylum.

Fans are finally going to get not only a live-action Harley Quinn for the first time (and the first new Joker in eight years), but also the very first incarnation of the most volatile couple in the DC Universe. Leto posted a picture on his Instagram account that helps confirm to us that we will get to see the origins of the infamous Mad Love relationship, wherein Dr. Harleen Quinzel attempts to work with the Joker as his psychiatrist. The image shows us the point where the two become romantically involved, about to kiss, with the Joker in a straight jacket on the other side of the table. This image is similar to another one that was released earlier in July (see above image), but it was sans kiss.

The Suicide Squad has some well-loved DC rogues in it, from Deadshot and the Killer Croc to Katana and Enchantress, but the major spotlight has been on Harley Quinn. This isn’t terribly surprising, considering her cult status amongst the fans. Harley Quinn’s costume in the film has bee something of a point of contention amongst fans from the get-go (the discussion about digital alterations being made to her outfit in Suicide Squad trailers aside), as many of them would have preferred a more traditional look. The on-screen version that we are getting was inspired primarily by punk legend, and Blondie lead singer, Debbie Harry.

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The Suicide Squad TV spots and trailers released to date have made it clear that the abusive relationship between Harley and Joker will get a spotlight in the film, along with some cool chase scenes featuring Batman. The Joker will have a part to play in the film, but how large a part he plays is still unknown. It does appear that Harley isn’t too happy to see The Joker when he shows up in the film’s present-day, so hopefully we will get a good backstory on the two.

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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.

Source: Jared Leto

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