In about a month (as of this writing) Suicide Squad will finally hit theaters, marking the next chapter in the DC Extended Universe. There are many hoping that David Ayer's tale of the Worst. Heroes. Ever. can be a nice bounce back for the franchise, following the mixed reactions of Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. If the early response to test screenings are any indication, DC and Warner Bros. have a bona fide hit on their hands.
Thanks to a stellar marketing campaign, die hard fans and causal audiences alike are excited to see the villains and antiheroes team up for what should be a refreshing change-of-pace for the comic book genre. Many iconic characters are getting placed in the spotlight in Suicide Squad, most notably Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Given Harley's popularity, it isn't any surprise she's been a main focus of the advertising. The hope is that the adaptation remains loyal to the source material, and going by the latest comments from Robbie, the filmmakers have certainly accomplished that.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Robbie touched upon her role in Suicide Squad, discussing Harley's personality and combat style:
“She loves causing mayhem and destruction. She’s incredibly devoted to the Joker. They have a dysfunctional relationship, but she loves him anyway. She used to be a gymnast — that’s her skill set when fighting.”
Based on that description, it's apparent the team did their homework when figuring out how to translate Harley to the big screen. It's nice to see that multiple aspects of the character will be included in the film, including her skill set as an Olympic-level gymnast. Seeing Harley's relationship with the Joker (Jared Leto) play out promises to be one of Suicide Squad's more interesting elements, given that the dynamic between the two is one of the best-known in Batman media. With powerhouse performers like Leto and Robbie involved, they should add to the pantheon of awards-worthy comic book movie turns. Expectations are very high, but these two are more than capable of delivering.
Harley is poised to be one of the breakout stars of Suicide Squad, and Warner Bros. is putting together big plans for the character. They're allegedly moving ahead on a Harley Quinn spinoff movie, and she'll no doubt be a part of Suicide Squad 2. After the portrayals of certain DC characters in the earlier DCEU installments were criticized for straying too far from the public's perception, the movie Harley being a faithful interpretation is sure to be a welcome development. From the footage that's been shown so far, Robbie seems to have embodied Quinn's personality perfectly, and there's no reason to think that won't be the case for the entire film.
During her rise to stardom, Robbie has made a name for herself as a great character actress by playing a variety of roles in some high-profile works. Suicide Squad gives her an ideal opportunity to add to her repertoire and display deadly action chops. The main goal of the film's reshoots was to enhance this particular aspect, so hopefully Suicide Squad can deliver some breathtaking set pieces that take full advantage of the characters' abilities and perhaps be unlike anything we've seen before.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; 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.
Source: Vanity Fair