Harley Quinn first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992. Since then, she has gone on to become a fan favorite character who has appeared in a number of incarnations across various comics and TV series, including a cameo in The CW’s Arrow. Now she is poised for one of her most high-profile appearances yet in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie as played by Australian actress Margot Robbie.
As long as Harley Quinn has been around, so has her complicated relationship with The Joker. The interaction between the two has been a focal point for Suicide Squad‘s marketing campaign, with brief flashes in the movie’s trailers offering glimpses of their twisted dynamic. Now a new set of images focuses not on the characters themselves, but on some of the props they will be putting to use in the movie.
During photographer Clay Enos’ takeover of the EW PhotoDept Instagram account, he posted three new images from behind the scenes of Suicide Squad along with captions offering insight on the photos. Two of the images are weapons-focused, with one showing director David Ayer surrounded by The Joker’s cache of weaponry and the other showing not one but 12 of Harley Quinn’s now-signature bats. The third image is a bit more minimalistic, featuring Enos’ hand holding a Joker card on the set of the movie.
I made this image of Harley Quinn's weapon of choice as a limited edition print for the cast. I’m always so impressed by the attention to detail and amount of work involved in making @SuicideSquadMovie props. @clayenos #suicidesquad #instagramtakeover #props #instagood #onset #movie #behindthescenes #talent #fun #editorial #magazine #photography #goodtimes #worklife #Friday #fridayfunday #entertainment #bats #sports #goodnight #allstar #dc #dccomics
This was the first image I made on the set of @SuicideSquadMovie while wandering the set by myself. I guess I knew what was coming. @jaredleto @clayenos #suicidesquad #instagramtakeover #props #instagood #onset #movie #behindthescenes #talent #fun #editorial #magazine #photography #goodtimes #worklife #Friday #fridayfunday #entertainment #joker #cards #gameon #LMAO #trouble #bts
With all the backup bats for Harley Quinns, it seems like the producers knew that one or two of them were going to get broken during the course of filming. Redundancy is important for any props department, but in this case it raises the hope that Harley will be breaking one or two of those bats over some bad guys’ (or possibly some good guys’) heads. The fan excitement for Harley’s presence in the movie arguably eclipses even the excitement for Jared Leto’s Joker, despite Leto’s best attempts at attention grabbing. The two of them together, though, promises to lead to some especially intense scenes.
Robbie and Leto are but two members of a rather large ensemble cast, and no doubt the other members of Task Force X get their time to shine during the course of Suicide Squad‘s runtime. The already iconic imagery of Harley and Mr. J is too good a promotional opportunity to pass up, though, and no doubt we’ll be seeing more of the two of them before the movie his theaters in August.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. 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 is currently without a release date.