Harley Quinn is the brainchild of writer Paul Dini as well as producer/artist Bruce Timm and at the very least, Dini loves how the character is portrayed in ‘Suicide Squad‘! Unlike most of Batman’s foes, Quinn was created 25 years ago for ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and moved onto the big screen well after her animated version had been created. While originally created to be the perfect pairing for her Mr. J, it was actually how she interacted with Batman and not The Joker which gave her such huge popularity among the fanbase.
When talking about her original iteration, Dini said:
“As a combination of Bruce’s tremendous design and Arleen [Sorkin]’s great voice work, it became very easy for me to write the character [of Harley Quinn]. I knew how she’s look and I knew what she’d say. She became a great counterpoint for Batman, a contrast in a scene where something grim would be happening, and she’d just make a joke; it would give the scene a completely different energy. I think if the audience is really invested in the action of what Batman is doing, and you have a character who can do compliment that as far as humor goes, it’s going to hit the same way with the audience.”
Originally created for the animated series, he clearly had no idea that the character would ever become this big or draw in this many fans:
“It’s been a real whirlwind, but it’s been tons of fun. We were down in Times Square and saw the giant Harley billboards and everything. It’s weird to have your creation looking down at you like Godzilla.”
Quite literally towering:
— Misty Lee (@Misty_Lee) August 1, 2016
While the current Harley Quinn has come a long way from the not-so-humble jester that he originally created, Dini clearly feels that Margot Robbie has done his creation justice:
“Every clip that I’ve seen of Margot as Harley, she seems to have nailed it perfectly. When she’s introducing herself to Katana, when she’s walking around with the bat behind her shoulders, she just seems to have really channeled the true spirit of the character. Seeing that come alive is just amazing for me. I saw the shot yesterday of her and Joker in the therapy session getting ready to kiss, and I was just like, ‘That’s it, that’s my girl.”
With Quinn being one of the few highpoints even in the most negative of ‘Suicide Squad’ reviews it sounds like Dini has every right to be happy about this adaptation. Of course, with a new ‘Harley Quinn’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ comics out, a new ‘Harley Quinn and Batman‘ animated film in the works for next summer, and a stand-alone film being teased it is clear that “nailing” the character had to be done and thankfully was.
It isn’t just one new animated adventure we can expect to see her in though as:
“I’ve done some new cartoons coming up with her in Justice League Action that’s coming up later this fall. I had a lot of fun working with her again, sometimes as a solo, sometimes pairing her up with Poison Ivy. I finished the last of those three weeks ago, and that was a lot of fun. So Harley’s still out there, still in animation, and everyone has a lot of fun when we get our hands on her.”
Are you happy to hear that Harley Quinn was done justice in ‘Suicide Squad’? Are you happy to hear she’s also going to be in another new animated adventure? Share your thoughts below!
‘Suicide Squad’ directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, Scott Eastwood and Karen Fukahara with Ben Affleck hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
Source: Comic Book
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