We got our first look at the costumed cast of David Ayers‘ Suicide Squad the other day and now we’ve got the first public statements of reaction from Harley Quinn’s creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. It is interesting to note that Harley first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series and then made her way to the comics and now to the big screen.
Polygon caught up with Timm and asked about his initial reaction to the Suicide Squad look:
It’s interesting . It’s weird. Myself — being somebody who’s taken characters that pre-exist and putting my own spin on them in my own little universe — I’m very aware of how when a character that I necessarily created shows up in other media that they have to adapt it and do different things with it than I would do. So I’m very open to it to see what they’re going to do. I’m actually really excited. I just today, just before the show started, saw the first image of Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad movie, and I thought ‘Woah. She looks actually pretty cute!’ I was actually kind of worried I thought ‘Oh, she’s going to look really, really bizarre and skanky’ but nah, she’s not too bad. So I’m often mistaken.
When talking with Io9 Timm had this to say:
I just saw the pic like a couple hours ago. It was interesting. I was frankly a little nervous about what Harley would look like, but I thought she looked really cool. So I’m optimistic, we see.
I just saw the one shot of her in the group shot. So far so good.
As you can see, Timm is holding any reservations he has until he gets to see how Margot Robbie portrays the character on the big screen. Her performance will of course be a much bigger factor than the look.
What was you initial reaction to the somewhat different look? Translating from the comics/animated series/video games to the big screen in what most call a grounded in reality look for the character is the standard most DC films go for. Did David Ayers and the production team hit the mark?