As we all know, Zack Snyder is making [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) and taking inspiration and liberties with The Dark Knight Returns comic. However, it's unlikely that he's the only one at Warner Brothers looking to take inspiration from the vast DC library. David Ayer is directing the highly anticipated Suicide Squad which will include: Harley Quinn, Joker, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana, Killer Croc, El Diablo, Slipknot, Enchantress and Rick Flagg. A lot of people are extremely excited to see not only Jared Leto's take on the Joker, but the first live-action appearance of Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie. Many are speculating on how their relationship will be portrayed on-screen, but I think the animated series episode "Mad Love" gives us a huge glimpse into what to expect from the crime duo in Suicide Squad.
In this episode, we see Harley Quinn try and seduce The Joker, who is uninterested. He rejects her and is completely engulfed in his various plots to kill Batman. She is subsequently tossed out of their hideout and left on the street. Now we know that Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will not be with The Joker the entire time in Suicide Squad, so I'm thinking that perhaps the picture above is of her trying to seduce The Joker who ultimately tosses her aside, much like their animated counterparts.
The Joker Tries To Kill Harley
When Harley uses one of Joker's plots to capture and nearly kill Batman, she calls Joker so that he may come and see what she's done. He arrives and is furious with her for attempting to kill Batman without him, and Joker proceeds to toss her out of a window. Luckily, there is garbage on the ground that allows her to survive the fall, but it wasn't Joker's intention to have her live. In the Suicide Squad trailer, we see Joker torture her, but he isn't trying to kill her. Perhaps, the reason they are separated in the movie is because he does eventually try to kill her. However, his torture is clear evidence that he will be as abusive as the animated Joker.
Joker's Arkham Breakout
The first time Harley suits up as her villainous alter-ego is when she infiltrates Arkham to break her beloved Joker out. She and Joker escape and drive off into the sunset. I think Suicide Squad will change this up a bit, but I still believe that the breakout of the Joker that we see in the trailer will be when Joker first takes Harley under his wing. She might not leave suited up just yet, but I think she will go from Harleen Quinzel to Harley Quinn by the time they escape.
A lot of people were a bit upset at the idea of Joker having such a flashy car in Suicide Squad, but many forget that he was often portrayed as having a lot of money and cars at his disposal in the animated series. In this very episode, we see him use his classic purple car to race to Harley's location. In the Suicide Squad trailer we see him drive his purple car to try and escape Batman. Although his car has been upgraded for live-action, I'm happy to see them portraying Joker closer to Mark Hamill's iteration.
Joker Can Fight Batman
Joker isn't just a mentally formidable opponent for Batman, but he can also pose a physical threat as well when he is angry. "Mad Love" shows us how quickly Joker can actually take down Batman and get the upper hand when fighting. After Heath Ledger's more cerebral interpretation of Joker, many forgot how physically dominating Joker can actually be. Knowing that Jared Leto's Joker is going to be very muscular and intimidating, I'm glad to see a Joker that can go up against Ben Affleck's huge Batman.
The Brutal Bat
One of the other interesting parts of this episode is when Batman punches Joker off of a train into an industrial smokestack. It is even reported on the news later in the episode that Joker is most likely dead. This is one of the final episodes of the animated series, and we've seen Batman go up against the Joker dozens of times. Now, Batman has become more brutal and is willing to put Joker in a smokestack just to defeat him. I doubt Batman knew whether or not it would kill him, nor do I think he really cared at that point. One of the most hated details of Leto's Joker is his "grill." However, as many have speculated, this "grill" is most likely due to the many encounters with Batman. I think this is a worthy explanation, especially when you hear the description of Ben Affleck's Batman:
[T]his older, more broken, kind of f—ed up Batman,” Affleck said. “It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality
This is exactly where we see Batman in his career during the episode "Mad Love." I think there are going to be exact parallels between both interpretations of Batman.
This episode gives us some great insight into not only Harley Quinn and the Joker, but Batman as well. I think it's a great piece of inspiration for David Ayer, and perhaps some of the elements of this episode will in fact find their way into Suicide Squad. The animated series has a plethora of amazing episodes to pull from, and perhaps we'll see even more callbacks to this amazing show in the coming films.
Bonus: There's a great Star Wars reference in this episode in which the Joker, who is posing as a dentist, tells Batman, "May the floss be with you." It's awesome.