Collider is reporting that Margot Robbie, known best for her role as Naomi in The Wolf of Wall Street, will be playing Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. The Australian actress showed in The Wolf of Wall Street that she can be equally seductive and deadly – which just so happens to be the perfect combination for anyone wanting to play Harley Quinn.
Quinn herself debuted during Batman: The Animated Series as Joker’s insane murderous sidekick/girlfriend, and her turn from psychiatrist to psycho is often considered as DC’s answer to Marvel’s fourth-wall breaking maniac, Deadpool. She has since gone on to attract a number of fans on her own, and been featured in several DC games, comics, and other media, so her inclusion in the Suicide Squad movie is no surprise. I also would not be shocked at all if she is considered the lead, or at the very least, the one most heavily advertised.
Suicide Squad left quite a few fans unfamiliar with the DC universe scratching their heads when the announcement was made, but as its cast is slowly starting to take shape it looks promising. On top of the already confirmed Margot Robbie, there have been rumors of Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Jared Leto being close to signing on to play some of the characters that comprise the super-villain group.
Assuming the film will follow the Suicide Squad that is currently formed in the comics, there are a lot of new faces to the DC cinematic universe that will debut. Black Manta, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, and Joker’s Daughter all have not made a big screen appearance yet, but are likely to do so in this film. Being that Jared Leto and Ryan Gosling have both been targeted for the Joker (the latter of whom declined the role), Batman’s most famous antagonist will be making an appearance as well. His first since being played by the now deceased Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.
You also can’t count out Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor hopping over from Batman vs Superman if DC hopes to cross-over as much as possible with their other franchises.
Depending on just how well they do maintaining the character’s personalities and translating them to film, this could very well be DC’s own version of Guardians of the Galaxy. Like Guardians, Suicide Squad will take a laundry list of previously unheard of comic characters and hope to propel them into mainstream pop culture. Will it match Guardians of the Galaxy’x $330 million box office? Probably not – but it is already generating a big amount of buzz and if their casting choices are any indication the film is off to a good start.
Suicide Squad is being directed by David Ayers (Fast & The Furious, Fury) and is slated for a 2016 release.Source: Collider