'Suicide Squad': Margot Robbie Talks Harley Quinn's Accent

Harley Quinn art by MoonySascha

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may be the next film on WB's DC Comics film schedule, but there's been a lot of attention recently given to the movie that will follow it: David Ayer's Suicide Squad. At one point thought to be nothing more than a mid-budget flick, the adaptation has instead turned into a star-studded vehicle and potential key lynchpin for the franchise down the road.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of Suicide Squad is that it will mark the first live-action film appearance by the famous Batman villain Harley Quinn, who will be played by Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie. The Arkham Asylum doctor-turned Joker's girlfriend has amassed quite a following since she was first introduced in the early '90s, becoming one of the more iconic characters DC has in their library. As such, many are anticipating how Robbie will do Harley justice, particularly when it comes to Quinn's recognizable voice.

The actress has already spoken about how she's looking forward to the challenge of portraying such a beloved character; and now she's dishing out some details on how she might sound when she's on-screen. Speaking with Superhero Hype at the Sundance Film Festival, Robbie hinted that a previous performance could give us some clues as to the accent she'll use:

"None of those things have been set in stone at this point, but according to the comics, she’s from New York and I think Brooklyn, so there may be a slight… I couldn’t imagine it would be as strong as the 'Wolf of Wall Street' accent. The lingo will be the difference between that and the other character I played in ‘Wolf’ but I don’t know yet. We haven’t spoken about it."

Robbie is referring to her role as Naomi, Jordan Belfort's second wife in Martin Scorsese's dark crime comedy, in which she spoke with a thick New York dialect. Even if she doesn't do a complete replication of the voice, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that Robbie is thinking about that particular character when it comes to Harley's trademark accent, since Naomi's voice is arguably reminiscent of Harley's in Batman: The Animated Series. A happy medium between the two would probably please many.

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Since Ayer is reportedly aiming to start principal photography on Suicide Squad in April of this year, some could be concerned by the fact that Robbie hasn't spent too much time preparing for her role in the highly-anticipated tentpole. However, the director still needs to find his Rick Flag, and there have been recent rumors about even more top-tier talent joining the project, so Robbie appears to have ample pre-production time to nail down the finer details of her performance. And even if everything's still on track to begin filming in 3+ months, someone of Robbie's abilities shouldn't have any issues figuring it all out.

While filmmakers take artistic liberties with comic book properties all the time, it will be relieving for fans to hear that Ayer will use no such creative license when it comes to the sound of Harley Quinn. Robbie appears to have a firm grasp on how vital that element is to the character, and is working on something that has the potential to be memorable when it's all said and done. Time will tell, of course, but from where we stand now, there are few reasons to doubt the production team.

Suicide Squad will be in theaters August 5, 2016.

Source: Superhero Hype

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