Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a.k.a. Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad is already a stand out in the trailers, and it’s a character Robbie clearly loves. She spoke to Hero Complex this week about her character — confirming some things we already suspected — and revealed which items she stole from the set, because of course she stole stuff from the set, probably while rolling her eyes and saying, “We’re bad guys. It’s what we do.”
Robbie confirmed Harley is advantageously using her training as a psychiatrist to manipulate the squad:
“She has a lot of knowledge on how to profile people, pick their triggers, and as Harley Quinn she kind of utilizes that to just manipulate people and mess with them. And she definitely does that with the squad. She’s always picking someone to be dissecting and playing off and messing with.”
Robbie also confirmed what we already saw in a set video: The Joker is an abusive boyfriend. She typified their relationship as “addictive” and also “unhealthy” and “incredibly dysfunctional.” No surprise there, considering he’s the kind of guy who sends pet rats and used condoms to people. It also appears, from trailer footage and a leaked photo, that this version of Joker and Harley may be following the storyline from Suicide Squad volume 4, issue 7, where Joker throws Dr. Harleen Quinzel into a vat at Ace Chemicals, telling her afterward that nothing is real and she can do whatever she wants.