By: Adam Basciano
With “Suicide Squad” being the second film in the newly minted DC Cinematic Universe, being released mere months following “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”, the David Ayer film would have to be cast and begin filming in 2015. Ever since the film has been confirmed and dated, several names have been mentioned in connection with the film. Most recently being, Jared Leto in conjunction with the role of The Joker. While that has yet to be confirmed, a report from Collider indicates that; “We have now learned from sources that Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn. For those who don’t know the character, she was introduced in Batman: The Animated Series as the Joker’s girlfriend/henchwoman, and has gone on to become a popular rogue/anti-hero in her own right. This will be the first time the character has ever been portrayed on the big screen.”
While this will indeed be the character’s first big screen debut, she featured in the short lived television series, “Birds of Prey”, then played by Mia Sera. Margot Robbie gained acclaim for her role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. She will also be seen in Warner Brothers live action “Tarzan” adaptation. I have no doubt that the young actress can bring the complex character of Harley Quinn to life. For those unfamiliar with the character; Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzell, M.D. as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls for the Joker. She becomes fascinated with the Joker while interning at Arkham, and volunteers to analyze him. She falls hopelessly in love nearly instantly with the Joker during their sessions, and she helps him escape from the asylum more than once. When the Joker is returned to Arkham after a battle with Batman, the sight of her badly injured patient drives Harleen insane, leading her to quit her psychiatrist job and don a jester costume to become Harley Quinn, the Joker’s sidekick. She later becomes fast friends with Poison Ivy, who injects her with an antitoxin which gives her super-human strength, agility, and immunity to toxins.” This story will be updated if and when, Warner Brothers offers official confirmation.