ByChristian Barrell, writer at Creators.co

At large, the presumption is that Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad will only be appearing flashback sequences for one of the characters on the Squad, Harley Quinn, has they will clearly have had some history together. But what if this isn't the case?

In Assault on Arkham, the DC animated movie for the Suicide Squad (which I'd recommend you watch), the Squad are told to meet a source to help them get into Arkham Asylum. This source turns out to be the Penguin. So, my guess is that in the movie next year, The Joker is going to turn out to be this kind of character.

They'll go to see The Joker to get help with their mission, which is why they're standing in a hallway here...

On point.
On point.
"huh?"
"huh?"

Which looks similar to here...

Joker!
Joker!

The Joker then sends the Squad off on their mission with his new help/advice/whatever, but keeps Harley by his side, either as payment/collateral, or Harley just stays with him, because, you know, "Mistah' J"?

This then clarifies why we see The Joker and Harley getting chased by Batman in this sequence...

"Holy smokes, Batman!"
"Holy smokes, Batman!"

Probably because Batman was tracking the Squad's activities to make sure they do it properly as it's a high-risk mission.

This also clarifies why we see The Joker kidnapping and torturing Harleen Quinzel in these shots...

Kidnapping...
Kidnapping...
Torturing Harley?
Torturing Harley?

...As it's probably them reminiscing about how they met.

Of course, there's also the possibility that that last torture scene is The Joker torturing Jason Todd, thus then setting up Red Hood as a villain as well, due to the vast amount of villains being introduced in this movie. The torturing of Jason Todd is rumoured to be a significant event in the relationship between The Joker and Harley Quinn, as Harley apparently feels guilty about it.

So, in conclusion, The Joker is in both flashbacks and in "real-time" in the movie, mainly because I doubt they'd only show flashbacks of Harley and The Joker together. It's an on-screen relationship that has to happen on screen, in "real-time".

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