Shortly after David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie was officially announced, reports began to emerge that Warner Brothers had already approached a handful of actors for roles in the supervillain team-up. More specifically, we heard that Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie were in negotiations. Now, it appears that those pieces are beginning to fall into place, as Collider reported late Sunday night that Robbie has joined the film as Harley Quinn.
The loud noise you just heard was the collective sound of cheers from comic book fans across the globe, who’ve been
hoping begging to see Quinn, the Joker’s right-hand lady and girlfriend, show up on the big screen. She made her debut on Batman: The Animated Series in the early 1990s, became an instant fan-favorite and was quickly taken from the small screen to the pages of DC Comics.
Dr. Harleen Quinzel was actually a psychiatrist who worked at Arkham Asylum and was given the task to analyze and treat the Joker. However, over the course of their meetings the Joker twisted her mind and psychologically manipulated her into falling in love with him. Since then, she’s acted as a trusted henchwoman/girlfriend, and over the years turned into quite the anti-hero. Her popularity in the fan community has grown exponentially and she eventually became a headlining member of the Suicide Squad in the New 52 relaunch.
As far as Robbie’s casting goes, I think she’s a great fit for Harley. All you have to do is watch the nursery scene in The Wolf of Wall Street to know just how well she can play the manipulation game, and she’s certainly shown that she has the chops for a coveted and iconic role like this. Plus, her star will only continue to rise from now until Suicide Squad hits theaters as she’s got a handful of projects lined up, including Focus opposite Will Smith, David Yates’ Tarzan, Z for Zachariah and The Taliban Shuffle.
Robbie’s casting comes at the perfect time, too, because we just learned that Jared Leto is being eyed by Warner Bros. to play the Joker. Hopefully this means that we’ll get more casting updates about Smith, Hardy and Gosling in the coming weeks.
Tell us, do you think Margot Robbie is a good fit for Harley Quinn? Let us know in the comments section below.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5th, 2016.