(Note: The following contains very little in the way of SPOILERS for the upcoming Suicide Squad, but a handful of theoretical SPOILERS for a potential sequel, were it to happen. Proceed with whatever level of theoretical caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, with Warner Bros' Suicide Squad fast approaching theaters (it arrives in August), there's a growing sense that it could prove to be the DC Extended Universe's first major critical hit - breaking a streak of poorly received movies that seemed to reach its peak with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's recent critical mauling. With box office expectations also high in the wake of the similarly edgy Deadpool's rampant financial success, hopes are high for Suicide Squad.
Should the movie get a widely predicted second installment, though, it seems that...
There's One Thing That Margot 'Harley Quinn' Robbie Would Change in a Suicide Squad Sequel
Specifically, as she recently revealed to The New York Times:
"I’m not wearing hot pants next time."
Which, with Harley's highly sexualized characterization (in both the Suicide Squad trailers we've seen thus far and her recent comic-book appearances) having been widely criticized for arbitrarily 'sexing up' a character previously best known for wearing a gloriously goofy harlequin costume, might well put Robbie in some good company.
That being said, Robbie makes sure to note that Harley is "wearing hot pants because they’re sparkly and fun", rather than because "she wanted guys to look at her ass" - but also added that:
"As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt, it’s so clingy and you’re self-conscious about it.
In other words? There's no guarantee we'll see a less hot-pant-wearing take on Harley in a future Suicide Squad sequel - those decisions are likely to ultimately come down to senior creatives who may or may not care about Robbie (and many fans) raising the issue of their appropriateness - but if we do, there's a pretty strong chance that Robbie herself will have a hand in changing things.
Which, in fairness, really just reinforces the fact that she's perfectly cast as Harley Quinn...
What do you reckon, though?
Would you rather we don't see Harley Quinn in hot pants if there's a Suicide Squad 2?