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Bruce Timm reacts to Suicide Squad's live-action take on Harley Quinn

05.05.2015

Several days ago we got our first look at the cast of SUICIDE SQUAD in costume and it prompted quite a lot of debate from you strikebackers, with a particular focus on Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn; but what does one of the creators of the character think of Harley Quinn's new design? Lets find out.

Bruce Timm, who co-created Harley Quinn with Paul Dini years ago in Batman: The Animated Series, recently spoke with io9 and gave his reaction to this live-action version of the character:

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.

It sounds like Timm is in the same boat as many of us; cautiously optimistic but needing to see more. Bruce Timm also gave his take on what he believes makes Harley Quinn work:

It’s funny, because she started off as just like a one joke idea and she’s gained all these different dimensions from all the stories we did, and the stuff that happens in the comics. I think bottom line the most important thing about her is that she’s funny. One way or the other regardless of what her backstory is, or whether she’s in an abusive relationship with the Joker, or if she’s off on her own, or hanging out with Poison Ivy, or whether she’s a villain or a hero. I think bottomline her stories always have to be fun, if not flat out hilarious (but that would be even better). That’s one of the things I like about the current comic. They understand that, they’re not treating her as another angsty bizarre superhero type character. She’s really weird and funny and kind of chaotic.

We'll have to wait and see whether the SUICIDE SQUAD version of Quinn will take Bruce Timm's advice into consideration. Meanwhile Harley Quinn's other creator, Paul Dini, also chimed in with his thoughts on the SUICIDE SQUAD cast photo:

As with most movies, it's hard to judge one based on a still image so I'm holding off on any real opinions until we get a trailer for SUICIDE SQUAD. That said, it has the potential to be something quite different in the increasingly crowded arena of superhero films so at the very least it's got my interest, and with Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, Adam Beach, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Jay Hernandez, and Jared Leto rounding out the cast I think we could be in for a fun ride. Fingers crossed.

SUICIDE SQUAD will hit up theaters on August 5, 2016.

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Source: io9

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12:51PM on 06/03/2015

Get this girl some shit-kickers!

I don't mind her look at all, except the shoes. Poor Harley would never survive more than a minute before breaking her ankles in those ridiculous shoes
I don't mind her look at all, except the shoes. Poor Harley would never survive more than a minute before breaking her ankles in those ridiculous shoes
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9:45PM on 05/06/2015
I think a lot of the naysayers will be proven wrong for all of DCs casting choices but if there's one thing we can all agree on its that robbie was great choice. Glad to see time is on board w this. Btas is perhaps my single favorite piece of superhero entertainment (yes I'm 27 what of it?) Some of my favorite moments of that show are batman and quinn's interactions so I really hope they can bring that to the silver screen.
I think a lot of the naysayers will be proven wrong for all of DCs casting choices but if there's one thing we can all agree on its that robbie was great choice. Glad to see time is on board w this. Btas is perhaps my single favorite piece of superhero entertainment (yes I'm 27 what of it?) Some of my favorite moments of that show are batman and quinn's interactions so I really hope they can bring that to the silver screen.
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1:01PM on 05/06/2015
I'm still withholding as much judgement as much as possible but am still leaning towards BAD.

I also noticed yet another [link] tattoo in the Joker face on her mid section. I am guessing this means the backlash over the horrible tats on the image of Leto's Joker meant diddly to the marketing folks.

Assuming and HOPING these perfect, clean tats won't be in the film but, regardless, they are idiotic.
I'm still withholding as much judgement as much as possible but am still leaning towards BAD.

I also noticed yet another [link] tattoo in the Joker face on her mid section. I am guessing this means the backlash over the horrible tats on the image of Leto's Joker meant diddly to the marketing folks.

Assuming and HOPING these perfect, clean tats won't be in the film but, regardless, they are idiotic.
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11:06AM on 05/06/2015
I like the look of Harley Quinn. I think they got her dead on from the comics. But everyone is right, we need to see some footage to get an idea of how she's characterized in the movie. Based on the one shot so far, she seems to be pretty lively compared to the other team members.

I was hanging out at Yonge-Dundas square the other night while they were filming. There wasn't much going on action wise while I was there, but for what it's worth Margot Robbie was skipping around with her
I like the look of Harley Quinn. I think they got her dead on from the comics. But everyone is right, we need to see some footage to get an idea of how she's characterized in the movie. Based on the one shot so far, she seems to be pretty lively compared to the other team members.

I was hanging out at Yonge-Dundas square the other night while they were filming. There wasn't much going on action wise while I was there, but for what it's worth Margot Robbie was skipping around with her baseball bat on her way to the set.
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12:27PM on 05/06/2015
oh to have her skip around with your own baseball bat...
oh to have her skip around with your own baseball bat...
9:37AM on 05/06/2015
Now what we need to see is how Margot Robbie will tackle her character. I hope she'll be much like Batman Animated's Harley Quinn - lively but also deadly.
Now what we need to see is how Margot Robbie will tackle her character. I hope she'll be much like Batman Animated's Harley Quinn - lively but also deadly.
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7:35AM on 05/06/2015
It's her looniness that will make her stand out among the darkness.
That's why The joker also works so well.
It's her looniness that will make her stand out among the darkness.
That's why The joker also works so well.
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3:37AM on 05/06/2015
"bottomline her stories always have to be fun, if not flat out hilarious"

Good luck with that in this particular DC universe. It's either not going to happen or it's going to stick out like a sore thumb amid the dark and gritty darkness.
"bottomline her stories always have to be fun, if not flat out hilarious"

Good luck with that in this particular DC universe. It's either not going to happen or it's going to stick out like a sore thumb amid the dark and gritty darkness.
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1:04AM on 05/06/2015
i just noticed, her collar looks like it says "PUDDIN". nice.
i just noticed, her collar looks like it says "PUDDIN". nice.
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9:36AM on 05/06/2015
Great catch!
Great catch!
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1:03AM on 05/06/2015

so hot...

in that trailer trash kind of way. i bet this harley is from florida (only with a heavy brooklyn accent for some reason).
in that trailer trash kind of way. i bet this harley is from florida (only with a heavy brooklyn accent for some reason).
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2:05AM on 05/06/2015
Let's say she's from Jersey and all it even
Let's say she's from Jersey and all it even
10:33PM on 05/05/2015
The cast looks great, but I'm looking forward to Leto, and Robbie as Joker and Harley Quinn the most.
The cast looks great, but I'm looking forward to Leto, and Robbie as Joker and Harley Quinn the most.
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10:00PM on 05/05/2015
Her appearance isn't as important as the voice, same with The Joker.

Hearing her speak will be the deal breaker.
Her appearance isn't as important as the voice, same with The Joker.

Hearing her speak will be the deal breaker.
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10:03PM on 05/05/2015
I hope she keeps the signature Brooklyn accent. It's an integral part of the character. And it will be a huge missed opportunity if she doesn't call Leto Joker "Mr. J" and "Puddin'".
I hope she keeps the signature Brooklyn accent. It's an integral part of the character. And it will be a huge missed opportunity if she doesn't call Leto Joker "Mr. J" and "Puddin'".
10:32PM on 05/05/2015
Go watch Wolf of Wall Street then... Pretty sure she's got it covered.
Go watch Wolf of Wall Street then... Pretty sure she's got it covered.
10:37PM on 05/05/2015
There is an interview in which she says her Harley Quinn accent won't be as strong as the one she used in Wolf of Wall Street. She can pull it off, but it comes down to a directorial decision. I hope Ayer won't change the way Harley speaks just for the sake of it.
There is an interview in which she says her Harley Quinn accent won't be as strong as the one she used in Wolf of Wall Street. She can pull it off, but it comes down to a directorial decision. I hope Ayer won't change the way Harley speaks just for the sake of it.
9:53PM on 05/05/2015
I think Harley Quinn has one of the best back-stories in all of comics and I hope we get to glimpse at least a little of that in Suicide Squad. Her look in this film is a cross between the Insurgency design and the New 52 Roller Derby get-up. I'm not a fan of it but it's not a deal-breaker for me and Margot Robbie as a casting choice is growing on me.
I think Harley Quinn has one of the best back-stories in all of comics and I hope we get to glimpse at least a little of that in Suicide Squad. Her look in this film is a cross between the Insurgency design and the New 52 Roller Derby get-up. I'm not a fan of it but it's not a deal-breaker for me and Margot Robbie as a casting choice is growing on me.
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