In a little over a week (at the time of writing this), the first movie focusing on the anti-heroes of the DC Extended Universe will be hiting the big screen in Suicide Squad. The primary focus of the team is without a doubt Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and her relationship to the most menacing Batman villain of all time -- The Joker (Jared Leto).
A vast majority of the marketing and imagery that we've seen from the Suicide Squad film seems to focus on Joker and Harley. In that tradition, the latest image from the movie gives us a look at the Joker's main squeeze looking far removed from her life of crime.
Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is obviously not only about her Tank Girl fashion sense, but has a sensual side to express, as well. The new image from Empire (see below) does keep her diamond motif, but the slinky dress is certainly a departure from what we're used to seeing from the character. The image will most likely be featured in the upcoming issue of Empire that is featuring Joker on the cover.
Fans will remember Harley Quinn's early days, when she debuted on Batman: The Animated Series as one of the Joker's hired goons. Harley sported a full-body length jester costume that covered her hair completely. This look would continue, until the comic books and video games would slowly move her in a new, more modern direction that included multi-color dyed hair and a variety of costumes.
The role, orignally made famous by voice actress Arleen Sorkin, has since found new life in the comic books, animated movies and even the video games. The animated role has since moved on to the likes of Hynden Walch (The Batman, Batman: Assault on Arkham) and eventually Tara Strong, who has held claim to Harley in the Arkham and LEGO video games for some time now, and even portrayed a Suicide Squad version of her in a live-action cameo on an episode of the CW network Arrow series. Strong did the voice, while Cassidy Alexa filled the visual role.
The Suicide Squad promises to be the punk rock stepchild of the DCEU, which is a lot to live up to. This is a risky venture for Warner Bros. Pictures, but if it turns out that it was handled correctly by director David Ayer, then fans will get what they've wanted for so many years: a great big screen Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn. It appears that we may soon be getting a Harley Quinn spinoff film as well, but that concept is very early in the development process.
Suicide Squad will be released on August 5th. Next up for DC is 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.
Source: Empire Online
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