Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman have been named the most popular Halloween costumes this year as DC fans pay ode villain and superhero, respectively. This is just one example of the long lasting influence of both characters, as its been over two years since the release of Suicide Squad and more than a year since Wonder Woman premiered.
DC's Wonder Woman finally provided a proper footing for the female superhero, in a film led by Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins. Together, the duo explained the origin story of Wonder Woman – Princess Diana of Themyscira – amidst intense action sequences and understated comedic moments. The overwhelming affection fans had for the film and the character quickly became apparent, as everyone from grown women to young boys wanted to be Wonder Woman. On the more nefarious side of things, Margot Robbie portrayed Harley Quinn, ex-psychiatrist and love interest for the Joker in the character's first appearance in a live-action film, Suicide Squad. DC has already capitalized on her influence by developing multiple Harley Quinn-related projects.
With a little help from Google, Insider reports that Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn top the most popular Halloween costumes in several states in the U.S. Harley Quinn came out on top in three states, impressive considering the amount of time since Suicide Squad hit theaters; however, Wonder Woman swept this competition as the most popular Halloween costume in 21 states.
This is not the first Halloween where one could stumble upon a crowd of Wonder Women or Harley Quinns, yet it likely won't be the last as both Gadot and Robbie plan to reprise their popular roles in upcoming projects. A Joker and Harley Quinn-focused film, The Joker and Harley Quinn, is currently in the works, as is Birds of Prey and the Suicide Squad sequel. Gadot will again play Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984, which was recently pushed back from its planned November 2019 release date to June 2020.
Ever since the characters made their DCEU debuts in 2016, they've been popular subjects for cosplayers as well as people dressing up for Halloween - and their popularity doesn't appear to be diminishing anytime soon. And with Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984 both releasing in 2020, it's possible that they'll get even more popular in due time (along with several other female comic book characters, like Brie Larson's Captain Marvel).