Margot Robbie And David Ayer Defend Harley Quinn’s Fashion Sense In Suicide Squad

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There’s an awful lot to look forward to in Suicide Squad later this summer, but it’s fair to say that the vast majority of comic book fans are most excited to see Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in action. While most aspects of the character have been praised thus far, the beautiful star of The Wolf of Wall Street was forced to weigh in on the villain’s skimpy fashion sense in a recent profile in The New York Times.

Robbie was quick to jump to her character’s defence, explaining that Harley is “wearing hot pants because they’re sparkly and fun” and not because she wants “guys to look at her ass.” She then went on to elaborate on that, revealing that it still felt like something of a departure for her to don the sort of outfits she can be seen in in Suicide Squad.

“As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt, it’s so clingy and you’re self-conscious about it.”

Director David Ayer was also asked to comment on Harley’s appearance in the highly anticipated DC Comics adaptation, pointing out that “I didn’t think denim overalls would be appropriate for that character,” and revealing that the actress understood that the clothes are actually, “part of the iconography.”

The sexualization of female comic book characters is nothing new, but in the case of Harley Quinn, that really is a big part of her personality, so you can understand why Warner Bros. has gone in this direction with Suicide Squad. Still, asked about whether we’ll see a change of wardrobe for the Task Force X member in the sequel, Robbie joked: “I’m not wearing hot pants next time!”

Suicide Squad is set to be released on August 5th.