Name a more iconic couple than Joker and Harley Quinn, I’ll wait. I’m just kidding, every couple is more iconic than Joker and Harley Quinn. These two weren’t exactly “relationship goals,” it’s good we got to see Harley detach herself from the Joker and by the looks of it, so is Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn herself.  

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is set to feature many new faces and a couple of familiar ones. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will, of course, be back to her shenanigans. This will be Robbie’s third time playing Harley Quinn after 2016’s Suicide Squad and 2020’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn).

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Harley Quinn’s previous films showcased very different sides to her character. She was very dependent on Joker and in an unhealthy relationship with him in Suicide Squad. In Birds of Prey, they part ways and she was forced to go on a journey of self-discovery while struggling to regain her independence.

How Harley Quinn Has Changed

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Joker is long gone and now Harley will be dealing with a batch of new characters in The Suicide Squad. From what was shown in the film’s trailer, Harley is just crazy as ever, she’s still delivering punch lines in more ways than one. However, she may not necessarily be the same Harley Quinn we know and love, or at least tolerate. According to Margot Robbie, Harley has indeed come a long way. 

In a recent interview with The Toronto Sun, Margot Robbie talked about what she loves most about Harley Quinn. 

“I think in the first Suicide Squad film she had a certain confidence and cockiness, knowing that she had the protection of the Joker. She was like, ‘I’ll go on this mission, and he’ll get me out of here in a second’ … that was kind of her prerogative on that film.

Then in Birds of Prey it was, ‘Oh s—, it’s a scary, cold world. Maybe I can’t do it.’ In this film, time has passed, it doesn’t directly link to either of those films, but it’s not something that Harley is wrestling with anymore. She’s not waiting for Mr. J to show up and she’s not wondering if she can do it on her own. She knows.”

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Robbie explained how “[Harley] has so many facets to her personality, it’s an endless thing to explore with people.” She further elaborated on how the Harley seen in The Suicide Squad is one who understands her own abilities away from the Joker, saying the character “[isn’t] waiting for Mr. J to show up and she’s not wondering if she can do it on her own.” 

Harley Quinn has had a successful character-driven story arc in the DCEU that does her comic book counterpart justice. She’s come a long way from being a psychiatrist to being Joker’s girlfriend/hench-woman to being an anti-hero then finally to being a hero in her own right. Regardless of Harley’s growth in the DCEU and in comics and media all around, there’s one thing that remains constant, she’s insane. Although she may not be the primary protagonist in James Gunn’s upcoming film, “The Suicide Squad”, I am looking forward to seeing where her character goes next. 

If you want to see Harley’s next adventure, make sure to see The Suicide Squad releasing in cinemas and on HBO Max August 6th. 

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Source: The Toronto Sun