'Suicide Squad' Set Photo Hints at Harley Quinn's Origin

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

[WARNING: This article contains potentially HUGE SPOILERS for Suicide Squad.]


The harder Warner Bros. tries to keep a tight lid on the filming of Suicide Squad, the more leaks there are from the set. There's no denying we learned much about the upcoming supervillain flick from the various set photos and videos taken while David Ayer and cast were filming on location. And it's those leaks that led to WB dropping an official photo of the whole squad in costume, an action they repeated a few months later when a leaked version of the Comic-Con trailer showed up online and WB promptly released an official copy.

If these persistent leaks from the Suicide Squad set prove anything (beyond how easy it is to walk on movie set these days), it's the intensity of our interest. Once WB's hand was forced and they released the official Suicide Squad trailer online it quickly surpassed Batman V Superman in views - a film further along in production with more footage to reveal, unlike Suicide Squad which had likely just filmed enough material to cut that teaser.

Suffice it say, there's buzz surrounding Suicide Squad and it's one of the more positive responses to WB and DC Entertainment's movie plans. A good deal of that buzz is directed at Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, who simply stole the show in the film's first trailer. She's been the center of many of the set leaks as well, with photos and videos depicting first her outfit, then her interactions with Jared Leto's Joker, and finally hints at her origin - something we suspected would feature somewhat prominently in Suicide Squad.








Compared with DC's other big name stars, Harley Quinn is a relatively new addition. But even within the shorter lifespan of her character, she's endured more than her fair share of retconning, particularly with respect to her origin. We won't know which version inspired Ayer the most until we see the film, but this latest leaked set image seemingly implies Suicide Squad is pulling from the more recent New 52 origin for Harley Quinn.

The below image comes from Robbie's stunt double, Ingrid Kleinig's Instagram account (which has since been deleted) and clearly shows the logo for Ace Chemicals:

Suicide Squad Ace Chemicals Set Photo

Ace Chemicals figures largely in the origin of The Joker as it's where he (as the hapless crook, the Red Hood) first squares off against Batman, only to end up falling into a vat of chemicals, which transforms him into The Joker. Thanks to a recent reboot of DC Comic's continuity, it's an origin that Harley Quinn now shares - having been lured to Ace Chemicals by The Joker after freeing him from Arkham Asylum, he throws her into large chemical vat, permanently altering her appearance and deranging her mind.

Though the change from her previous origin - where her obsession with The Joker drives her to don the costume identity Harley Quinn and help him escape - may appear slight, it's been a point of contention among fans. Whereas her descent into madness always starts with her unhealthy obsession with The Joker, the New 52 origin robs Harley of the choice to fully go off the deep end. Instead, The Joker forces her to undergo the same transformation, furthering the victim-hood of her character.

Still, simply because Suicide Squad is filming on an Ace Chemicals set and Robbie's stunt double was there doesn't guarantee we'll see Harley's New 52 origin in the movie. Ayer may only be pulling certain elements from Harley Quinn's history that best suit his vision of the character, and a final transformation via chemicals would explain Robbie's white pallor.

We also know from previous set images as well as few shots from the trailer that for a period of the film Robbie is playing Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Arkham psychiatrist, before she becomes Harley Quinn. That implies her origin will be depicted, but again, doesn't necessitate it to follow exactly what's recently transpired in the comics. For instance, the trailer features a shot of Robbie strapped to a table and being threatened (presumably by The Joker) with electrodes - perhaps that plays a role in how poor Harley is driven totally nuts in Ayer's Suicide Squad?

What do you think of Ace Chemicals appearing in Suicide Squad? Will it feature in Harley Quinn's origin or simply as a callback to The Joker's creation? Sound off 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 Corps – June 19th, 2020.

Source: Movie Pilot

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