Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has tremendous importance for WB/DC moving forward with their ambitious plans to create a shared cinematic universe, but from everything we’ve seen and heard so far, the people involved with it are seemingly feeling the weight of that responsibility and are trying so hard to hit one out of the park that they could end up whiffing completely. But Suicide Squad, David Ayer’s upcoming movie about the villains in the DC universe, feels as if it has far lower expectations and therefore feels like it could actually turn out to be a fun movie (something Dawn of Justice will almost certainly avoid).
Something that might up the fun quotient in Suicide Squad is the presence of Harley Quinn, The Joker’s crazy girlfriend/accomplice who has become a fan favorite since her introduction in “Batman: The Animated Series” back in the early ’90s. She’s bubbly, funny, and totally insane, and is not the kind of character that can be taken too seriously if you want to remain faithful to her roots in the slightest. Now Collider is reporting that Margot Robbie is going to play Quinn in the film, and that sounds pretty great to me. She proved in The Wolf of Wall Street that she can play the high-pitched ditzy type, so as long as she can handle the physicality of the character – Harley is a terrific gymnast – this is an excellent fit.
Robbie dropped out of DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell film to concentrate on Suicide Squad, and she came of age at a time when (if she watched “Batman: The Animated Series”) she could have grown up watching Harley Quinn on the small screen and she could be excited about the prospect of being the first actress to play the role in a live action feature.
Tom Hardy and Will Smith are reportedly still being pursued for roles in Suicide Squad, but with reports that Jared Leto could be playing The Joker in the movie and the studio wants to work Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor into the mix, perhaps the original lineup of characters that would be featured in this film (including names like Captain Boomerang, Blockbuster and Deadshot) isn’t quite as accurate as once believed, considering no one has been mentioned in association with any of those roles so far. Final decisions will be made relatively soon though, because Suicide Squad is slated to open in theaters in 2016.
Do you think Margot Robbie would make a good Harley Quinn?
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