Although Suicide Squad had long been mentioned as a DC property that Warner Bros. was interested in developing, few expected the studio to commit to a big screen adaptation so soon or for its release to mark the next step in the DC Cinematic Universe following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, as the film's production grows nearer, it's looking more and more like Suicide Squad will begin paving the way for bigger things for DC.
The film is already set to bring a number of iconic DC villains to life (including Jared Leto as the Joker), and rumors are running rampant that Batman v Superman characters like Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor and Ben Affleck's Batman may appear as well. Yet, despite the number of seeds Suicide Squad will reportedly plant for future DC releases, perhaps one of the film's biggest challenges is that it will include the first live-action portrayal of fan-favorite villain Harley Quinn.
MTV recently caught up with actress Margot Robbie about her thoughts on tackling the character in Suicide Squad. Here's what the Wolf of Wall Street star had to say:
"Yeah, I guess it's intimidating because there's obviously a lot of people I want to please and a character I have to do justice, but it's a challenge. I'm definitely up for it, and hopefully I don't disappoint."
The fact that Harley Quinn has her fans is quite an understatement. Since her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series in the early 1990s, the character has become one of the most popular DC characters period and among the Caped Crusader's biggest foes. Many aspects of the character's off-the-wall personality may prove difficult for Robbie to capture, but one of her most iconic attributes is without a doubt her unmistakable voice, though it sounds like Robbie isn't quite ready to nail down the finer points of her performance.
"We haven't gotten too far into it. We're still pretty far off. I'm actually shooting a movie before that. So my focus is kind of on that at the moment. We haven't really gotten into the logistics of everything yet."
The film Robbie has in the queue before she hops into Harley Quinn's signature red-and-black outfit is likely David Yates' Tarzan adaptation, but the fact that she hasn't begun prep work for the role isn't surprising. After all, it sounds like Suicide Squad is still coming together, with the latest reports bringing yet another DC villain into the film's already-impressive ensemble.
While it might be a little longer before we get a clear picture of how Robbie's Harley Quinn will compare to previous versions of the character, it is encouraging that the actress appears to be taking the responsibility of pleasing fans to heart. Certainly, the role is a terrific opportunity for an actress like Robbie - who'll next be seen alongside Will Smith in Focus - to bring something unforgettable to the table.
With any luck, she'll create an indelible screen presence - and loads of chemistry with Leto's Joker - that ensures fans will see much, much more of the character in future DC films.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.