“We tried literally every type of costume possible”: Margot Robbie Explains Harley’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Outfit
Since her first appearance in the legendary Batman: The Animated Series, the clown lady-in-waiting of crime has become a staple among the Caped Crusader’s considerable villains roster. When her first proper silver screen appearance on the latest Suicide Squad film was announced however, many of her avid fans expected her to rock her signature Court Jester look or to at least settle for the newer, darker goth-pinup girl with issues. Margot Robbie apparently decided to bring this issue to a close with her latest statement on the villain’s costume choice…
“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.”
Alright, we have to concede: if leather pants don’t work, then it’s time you reached a compromise. It’s entirely possible, however, that the issue was not just a stylistic one (heck, Jim Carrey pulled off that ridonculous Riddler outfit in that same movie where Val Kilmer sported bat-nipples) but more of a choice in tone. Warner Bros. obviously wanted to roll with the grimmer, no-fun-allowed policy it has firmly when it came to supervillain costumes in their cinematic universe and having a psychopath running around in a war zone dressed in checkered outfit isn’t exactly the definition of black-ops realism.
Then again, they did seem to get her character and overall demeanor right, so we’re guessing that the Suicide Squad sequel that seems to already be in the works might choose to go for a more canonical look altogether. Also, maybe Jared Leto will settle for the purple-tux animated series look, just so we can sink into that warm DC nostalgia bubble-bath for good.
Suicide Squad will be coming to silver screens near you on May 5th, 2016