Collider is reporting that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) has been cast in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as Harley Quinn.
Nothing is official, but Robbie would be a really good choice to play the craziest (and wackiest) member of the anti-hero/super-villain team. Harley Quinn was first introduced in Batman: The Animates Series as The Joker’s sidekick/quasi-girlfriend and was so popular that she began appearing in the comic book universe. Harley’s origin story was also explored in Episode 21 “Mad Love” in The New Adventures of Batman, based on the one-shot comic book written by Paul Dini in 1994.
Before meeting The Joker, Harley Quinn was a psychiatrist who went by Dr. Harleen Quinzel. She started treating The Joker while he was an inmate at Arkham Asylum but eventually she grew an obsession with him, even falling in love with him and helping him escape. In the original Harley Quinn design, she wore a red and black jester costume but that has since changed.
In the New 52 version, The Joker pushes her into a vat of chemical waste and she emerges with bleached skin, two toned hair, and severe psychosis. The re-design also has Harley Quinn showing off much more skin; the look has been criticized for being hypersexualized.
Harley currently has her own DC title, as well, which was launched back in November 2013. She has also appeared in the Batman comics, Gotham City Sirens, New 52’s Suicide Squad, various DC animated series, and video games including Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Harley Quinn was a featured member of the Suicide Squad in the DC animated movie, Batman: Assault on Arkham — a misleading title since the focus is entirely on the Suicide Squad and not on Batman.
If Margot Robbie really has been cast, then I’m excited to see what she brings to the role! I really liked her in The Wolf of Wall Street. There’s the rumor about Jared Leto playing The Joker also floating around, while Tom Hardy and Will Smith are reportedly close to signing their own deals.
Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2016.