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The release of Suicide Squad draws ever closer. The next installment in the DC Extended Universe will put the supervillains such as Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and the Joker in the spotlight in a way that has never been on the big screen before. Among the notorious ensemble is none other than fan favorite character Harley Quinn. The famed accomplice to the Joker makes her cinematic debut in the upcoming film, and will also play a major role in the August blockbuster.

While much has been shared about this interpretation, there seems to be even more details about this take on Harley Quinn. In a interview with Vanity Fair, actress Margot Robbie revealed more information about her interpretation of Ms. Quinzel. Some of details, such as Harley's strange relationship with the Joker, seemed obvious, yet a new detail about the actress' take does help to clarify Harley's skills as a fighter.

“She’s incredibly devoted to the Joker. They have a dysfunctional relationship, but she loves him anyway. She used to be a gymnast — that's her skill set when fighting.”

While the idea of Harley being a gymnast is a brief detail in character, it does help to explain somethings about the villainess. In the previews for the film we have seen Harley show off her acrobatics in a number of ways — from stretching in prison to spinning over enemies. Harley coming from a gymnastic background helps to explain how she is able to fight in the movie, but does this detail change anything about the character herself?

The answer to this is no-in fact this new information helps to clarify more about Harley Quinn. In the comics (and just about every medium of Batman) Harley has always been depicted at having acrobatic skills. In the comics it was established that Harley was a trained gymnast before she became a psychiatrist and then turned to a life of crime. So this detail not only brings additional information to Harley's cinematic character, but it also keeps true to the character that fans have come to know and love.

Harley's gymnastic background will likely not be explored in Suicide Squad, but that is not to say that this details does benefit Margot Robbie's take on the Batman rogue. Not only does this help to explain the character's skills in the movie, but it also helps to solidify a matter of respect for the fan favorite supervillain. This new information by Ms.Robbie only makes me more eager to see this portrayal of Harley Quinn, as this new minor detail could very well lead to another breakout performance in the superhero genre.

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5th.

Do you think Robbie's Harley will live up to the comic version?

[Source: Vanity Fair]


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