(WARNING: The following contains some mild discussion of the nature of 'Suicide Squad's' Harley Quinn, and of her abilities within the movie. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
One of the most unusual elements of comic book characters — even within a world of weird and wonderful superpowers, backstories and personality quirks — is their ability to change completely in almost every telling. After all, each new writer and artist tends to bring something new to a character when they work with them, often changing core parts of their nature in order to fit the story that is being conjured around them. With the current explosion of superheroic cinema, this is doubly true — with comic book heroes and villains often being adapted rather loosely for the big screen.
And yet there remain some things that are better left untouched; some key character elements that cannot be removed without undermining the character entirely. And, as a result, it's pretty darned fantastic to hear that...
'Suicide Squad' Is Set To Place Harley Quinn's REAL Superpower Front And Center
Y'see, throughout Harley's ever-changing comic book career, in which she's gone from a light-hearted animated lunatic to a pioneer of LGBTQ superheroes (via a whole lot of gratuitous sex appeal), one key thing has always stuck around: She was one hell of a psychiatrist. And from the sounds of Margot "Harley herself in Suicide Squad" Robbie's latest interview with the LA Times, that particular element of the character will be very much a part of the movie. As she put it:
"She's definitely one of the more unpredictable members of the squad. She also used to be a psychiatrist so she has an extensive knowledge of mental illnesses and how to manipulate people -- I'm sorry, well, 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."
In other words? Don't mess with Harley Quinn.
She's smarter than you, she's tougher than you, and she's probably already worked out how to make you cry on cue.