I absolutely love Harley Quinn.
She’s a bubbly, maniacal femme fatale, and there’s something about it that makes me root for her.
Originally, Harley Quinn debuted in the 90’s Batman: The Animated Series television show seen on Fox. I grew up watching this Saturday morning cartoon, annoyed Batman didn’t have Batgirl or Robin joining in on any of the fun. Then, an episode titled “Joker’s Favor” debuted the wacky character we all know and love today, and I was hooked. She became a fan favorite character of the audience, so the production team included her more and more in future episodes until she became a comic, and soon to be live-action, regular.
Margot Robbie portrays Harley in the upcoming WB/DC’s Suicide Squad where she’ll take on a similar, more modern look of the character debuted in Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham video game series. Based on the trailer, she looks to be using a graffitied “Good Night” baseball bat similar to mallets often used by the character in the comics.
Based on the latest trailer, Margot nixes the beloved accent exemplified by Arleen Sorkin, but she seems to keep with the traditional bat-shit (punny) insanity I’ve grown to love about the character. I especially loved her line about the voices in her head.
Also, she keeps the childlike wonder Harley exudes, especially when it comes to committing crimes. For example, her big, round eyes as she witnesses an explosion or the way she bashes a window out for a cute purse. When Rick Flag (played by Joel Kinnaman) asks, “Seriously, the Hell’s wrong with you people?” She gives an expert eye roll and exclaims with a cheeky yet informative shake of the head, “We’re bad guys. It’s what we do.”
There are always going to be doubters and critics, but I’m excited at this new take on the character, along with Jared Leto’s Joker, come August 5, 2016.