When the first official look at David Ayer’s whole Suicide Squad (minus Jared Leto's Joker) was revealed over the weekend, it was Margot Robbie’s sexy and colorful Harley Quinn — the Clown Prince of Crime’s faithful partner in crime and psycho girlfriend — that drew fandom’s attention. The beloved DC Comics character was co-created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992, where she made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series.
While Bruce Timm was making the press rounds in order to promote Justice League: Gods and Monsters on Machinima, the prolific filmmaker was asked he what he thought of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. In an interview with Polygon, Timm said:
"It's interesting. It's weird. Myself — being somebody who's taken characters that pre-exist and putting my own spin on them in my own little universe — I'm very aware of how when a character that I necessarily created shows up in other media that they have to adapt it and do different things with it than I would do. So I'm very open to it to see what they're going to do. I'm actually really excited. I just today, just before the show started, saw the first image of Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad movie, and I thought 'Woah. She looks actually pretty cute!' I was actually kind of worried I thought ‘Oh, she's going to look really, really bizarre and skanky' but nah, she's not too bad. So I'm often mistaken."
It's nice to see Bruce Timm give his seal of approval to Harley Quinn's look in Suicide Squad (though it's not like he could change anything), and I actually kinda dig this, erm, "bubblegum" look myself (I don't know why, but I just think about bubble gum when I see her). It's actually pretty similar to the character's appearance in Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham videogames and the New 52 Harley -- just without the mask. But if you need more Bruce Timm praise, in yet another interview with io9 the filmmaker once again showed his support for the comic-book movie's interpretation of the beloved 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." Tim later added, "I just saw the one shot of her in the group shot. So far so good."
Do you feel like Bruce Timm about Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn? Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad will hit theaters on Aug. 5, 2016.
(via Comic Book)