Paul Dini has a lot to be proud of when it comes to Batman and his help in creating the world of Batman: The Animated Series. It’s one series that has managed to stand the test of time and create a standard for a character that has affected not only the comics, but also the other media properties featuring the franchise. If you’ve enjoyed the Arkham series, give Dini a tip of the cap.
Dini made an appearance on the Shanlian On Batman podcast (embedded below) and ended up sharing his thoughts on the version of Harley Quinn we’ll see in Suicide Squad next year, played by The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie. Bruce Timm seemed positive on Quinn’s look in the film according to ComicBook.com, but Dini provides a more in-depth slice of praise for Robbie’s “punk rock” depiction of The Joker’s girlfriend:
“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,” Dini told the Shanlian On Batman podcast on Thursday. “It’s a rougher, more street look. I think it works fine.”
Dini is also very pleased that The Wolf of Wall Street actress is bringing his creation to life on the big screen. “I think Margot [Robbie] is very nice, she’s a very wonderful actress, certainly very attractive and very talented,” he gushed. “I’m very excited to see that interpretation of Harley.”
Dini notes that there’s a lot of Sid And Nancy in the portrayals of The Joker and Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, saying that Jared Leto looks like a “decadent rockstar” as The Joker. You do get that vibe from the depiction we’ve seen in the trailer, but it’s so easy to skim the line between legit and Hot Topic that it can be taken the wrong way. I do like that he defines them as seeming “dangerous” in the world of Suicide Squad. They’ll likely fit well in the gritty DC films that Zack Snyder is helping to craft. Listen to the podcast below.