Suicide Squad: What Does Harley Quinn Co-Creator Paul Dini Think Of Her Movie Look?


Most Batman fans hold Batman: The Animated Series in high regard and revere the work of producer Bruce Timm and writer Paul Dini on that show. They’re especially fond of one of the duo’s creations: Harley Quinn, who grew far beyond her original status as a similarly themed love interest for the Joker to become a beloved character in her own right, one more than capable of carrying her own comic book series once she was introduced in print.

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Naturally, that means lots of people are in love with her original look from the animated series, but Harley Quinn has changed with the times in that regard. Her current depiction is less jester and more punk, and that’s certainly the case with all the images we’ve seen of Margot Robbie in costume for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. Unlike the reaction to Jared Leto’s Joker, which has been highly divided, fans have been mostly positive about Harley, leading many to speculate that she’ll be even more of a breakout character than she already is.

What does Dini think about her movie look? He recently made a guest appearance on the Shanlian On Batman podcast and was highly complimentary of the work director Zack Snyder and his team did in translating Harley Quinn to the big screen in a way that made sense (as transcribed by Forbes).

"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."

Again, despite Dini’s “jarring” comment, it doesn’t appear that many fans on social media are up in arms about Harley’s outfits at all. It’s possible that’s due to this being the character’s debut in a live action film, as opposed to Leto’s Joker following iconic (though very different) portrayals by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

If it’s okay with Dini — and Timm has expressed his approval as well — that’s good enough for me. We’ll get to form more fully informed opinions when Robbie brings her version of Harley Quinn to life in Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016.

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