Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is easily a fan favorite for those who have watched Suicide Squad promotion roll closer to its August release date. Sure, many were curious about Jared Leto’s Joker, but the Oscar winner has exhausted much goodwill while questing to be the method actor of all time. Audiences sort of roll their eyes every time Leto opens his mouth to make progressively outrageous claims. Granted, he’s probably telling the truth about his public hyena laugh, his new psychopathic friends, and the used condoms he sent to cast members. These antics pile on top of stories about pet rats and dead pigs, and Leto must be tiring to witness.
The very public nature of Leto’s Joker promotion has shattered all mystique surrounding the iconic character. So, Harley could have won by default, but she also happens to stoke intrigue in every successive, vexing trailer. In an interview with Oyster magazine, Robbie says Harley’s apparent charisma is not a ruse. Director David Ayer called the actress in 2014 and offered her the role without an audition. Ayer felt she was perfectly suited for the character, and Robbie believes that Harley is the best supervillain of the film:
“For the first time, I thought that I had the best character in the movie. I wouldn’t trade my character in Suicide Squad for anyone else’s. The comics are rad. I hadn’t read any growing up, but now I’m obsessed. I read them in my own time. We went to Comic-Con this year and I didn’t get to be in and amongst it because we were shooting, but the energy is insane. People are nuts. I could go as Harley Quinn in the actual costume from the movie, and somebody there would have a better one.”
At the same time, Robbie has already revealed herself as a wary wearer of Harley Quinn’s hot pants and says they won’t be around for a possible Suicide Squad sequel. In this spirit, she spoke with the print edition of Women’s Day (via Daily Mail) about her fears of being typecast as a bombshell:
“I want to keep looking for roles where the main interest will be in the character and her importance in driving a story forward, rather than her relationship with a male character.”
Well, depending on how Robbie’s upcoming role as Tonya Harding is played, she may find some delicious freedom in playing up the Olympic skater’s duplicitous streak. However, if the film revolves around Harding’s marriage, then that’s a whole different angle. Regardless, the screenplay surely involves drama rather than any notion of a bombshell character.