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Suicide Squad is definitely one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2016: featuring a stellar cast, Suicide Squad will add a bit of story diversity to the DC movie canon. Jared Leto has broken his silence about playing "Mr J", David Ayer has promised Suicide Squad will be a superhero movie game-changer, and Harley Quinn is being positioned as the most important character in the movie...

Harley's Journey Drives The Plot

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn seemed ready to take one of the leading roles in Suicide Squad when the trailer was released at Comic Con. Out of all the characters, Harley has the most screen time, while the soundtrack to the trailer seems to mirror her mindset.

"If I'd only seen that the joke was on me..."

We can glean a lot from the trailer: we know we're going to get flashbacks that reveal Harley's villain origin, as the shrewd Dr Harleen Quinzel is tortured by the Joker. Set images have also revealed a lot about this backstory, most notably that at some point Joker will escape and kidnap Harleen. This will end up in a confrontation in which Harleen draws a gun on Joker, showing defiance to his control, but he knocks it out of her hands...

Leaked set photo of Joker and Harley Quinn
Leaked set photo of Joker and Harley Quinn

We don't know why Harley Quinn ended up in jail while the Joker didn't, and clearly Joker's relationship with, and treatment of, Harley is hugely instrumental in her villain origin story. David Ayer has been dropping little hints about this...

...and in an interview with Empire, Ayer revealed that Harley Quinn is the lynch pin of the Suicide Squad story. Her development is not only vital to the plot, but it mirrors the other characters' stories and the themes of the film.

"It’s about her breaking free of The Joker and becoming this fully actualised, independent person. That really is a metaphor for everyone’s journey here."

In this way, Harley's role will have repercussions for the entire Squad, as they are all striving to find a new life after their incarceration. Although it features a cast of villains, Suicide Squad seems to be a story of redemption, and no-one deserves this more than Harley.

Having said that, as Margot Robbie reveals, we shouldn't write off Harley Quinn as a helpless victim...

Harley Packs A Punch

There are many reasons why Harley Quinn is on of DC's most iconic and beloved characters. First off she's funny: with a fantastic, dark, and irreverent sense of humour, Harley can make you laugh at the most inappropriate moments.

Harley in DC Comics
Harley in DC Comics

Harley Quinn is a fantastic character in many ways, and her villainy is just one reason people love her so much. Thankfully, Suicide Squad seems ready to represent this properly, if Margot Robbie's words are anything to go by...

"Harley is creepy, violent, crazy — all of the things that I aspire to be!"

This is fantastic news: as long as Harley Quinn is the unpredictable, brutal, explosive character we know and love, Margot Robbie's portrayal will be the perfect representation of her. Here's hoping Harley's role in the film really is as important as they're making it out to be, as many fans are pinning their hopes on such a favoured villain finally gracing the silver screen.


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