(Warning: the following contains mild potential SPOILERS for Suicide Squad or other future DC movie projects featuring Harley Quinn. Proceed with whatever level of caution your innate sense of SPOILER-aversion suggests is wise...)
Now, as the multiple iconic costumes the likes of Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Iron Man have donned suggest, clothes don't necessarily maketh the superhero — but they sure can help. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, for instance, have all seen past costume alterations be widely skewered by fans, as have any number of less famous heroes.
As it turns out, we as fans tend to place a whole lot of importance on how our icons look — and aren't usually best pleased when their outfits are redesigned for no particular reason. What's more, as the minor online controversy surrounding Harley Quinn's upcoming Suicide Squad costume proves, that is just as true for supervillains. As it turns out, though:
We Might Still See THAT Harley Quinn Costume In Suicide Squad
Specifically, the harlequin-style get-up that made Harley an icon in the first place, as opposed to the more modern — and far more overtly sexualized — look that Margot Robbie is set to rock in Suicide Squad.
As Robbie herself recently revealed in an interview with Hello Giggles, the costume we've seen in trailers and promotional images thus far isn't the only one the production team came up with for the movie. As she put it:
"We tried on every variation of the costume. I cannot emphasize enough how many outfits, and how many variations of the Harley Quinn costume we tried. We tried the court jester costume, we tried the corset and skirt, we tried leather pants, we tried literally every type of costume possible for her. I really love where we ended up. And who knows, maybe in the sequels we’ll go with the court jester one. I think there’s a world of possibilities."
Or, in other words? There's every chance that there's a Batman: The Animated Series-style 'court jester' costume out there somewhere — which in turn means that there's the slightest of chances that we'll see it crop up in a flashback during the movie. Which, seeing as pretty much every subsequent re-design of Harley's costume has acted to sexualize her further, is a pretty awesome prospect for both fans of the original Harley, and those who would rather their female heroes came without inexplicable over-sexualization.
And, if not? Well, as Robbie herself pointed out, there are always the sequels...
What do you think, though?
What costume do you most want to see Harley wear on the big screen?