If you’re unfamiliar with Paul Dini, he’s one of the 2 masterminds behind Batman: The Animated Series and is responsible for creating Harley Quinn.
That gives him a particular insight into how that character should be portrayed on the big screen, I would think. Brice Tim, Dini’s cohort on TAS has been quoted as saying the film version of Harley was a ‘slam dunk’. Now Dini has finally voiced his opinion on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and just how he feels about the whole Harley thing.
Jared Leto’s version of that is almost like a decadent rockstar, and there’s a little bit of Sid and Nancy to the Joker and Harley look, which I always felt would not be a bad look if they were in a live-action movie.
I know it’s jarring to a lot of the people who love the classic Bruce Timm suit, I love it myself. But in that world [of the Suicide Squad movie], I just don’t see it happening. It’s a rougher, more street look. I think it works fine.
I’m honestly a little surprised, but I doubt he was going to just throw DC Films under the bus. Still, he seems pretty OK with it.
I think Margot [Robbie] is very nice, she’s a very wonderful actress, certainly very attractive and very talented. I’m very excited to see that interpretation of Harley.
If you put them in that realistic world I feel they would look like down-and-out rockers, they would look dangerous.
But…Harley Quinn sprung from your brow, Paul! Isn’t that hard to watch someone else interpret her?
I created her, but on the other hand… I can’t get too possessive over that.
Fair enough. You can hear his interview on the Shanlian on Batman podcast right here.
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