Amid the chaos and reports of all of the superhero movies coming out in the next ten years or so, one little film has gone quite unnoticed. In 2016, Warner Brothers will release Suicide Squad, a film based off of the DC team of villains who look to redeem themselves by going on black-ops, damn-near impossible missions that would most likely end in their defeat. David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury), who will direct the film, states that Suicide Squad is “The Dirty Dozen with super villains”.
Throughout the years, the members of the Suicide Squad have changed just as often as that of the Justice League, with all sorts of baddies and mercenaries taking part in one of the many deadly missions. Assigned by Amanda Waller, the squad has included Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger, Clock King, and Killer Frost in the past. Most notably, however, is the more recent inclusion of Harley Quinn, The Joker’s girlfriend and sadistic sidekick who was created for the Batman: Animated Series of the 90s. Since her debut, Quinn has skyrocketed in popularity, with many fans obsessively in love with the twist anti-hero.
Reports now state that not only will Quinn be in 2016’s Suicide Squad, but that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) is set to play her in her first appearance on the big screen. Robbie was rumored to be up for a role for weeks now, with all signs pointing to a variety of baddies, but Collider now reports she is indeed Harley Quinn.
Also rumored to be up for roles alongside Robbie are Tom Hardy, Will Smith, and Cara Delevingne (who was originally thought to be HQ). Warner Brothers is willing to put a lot of money into Suicide Squad with the hopes of emulating Marvel’s massive success in Guardians of the Galaxy, another team-up film with much lesser known characters.
Now, it’s hard to include Harley Quinn without some mention of The Joker, and last week had reports that Jared Leto was being eyed to play the Clown Prince. Whether or not those reports are true, the inclusion of The Joker in some capacity seems to be almost certain at this time. Perhaps he will debut in Suicide Squad and have a much grander role in Warner Brother’s future. Time will tell.
Robbie has been rumored to be up for all sorts of roles after starring in Wolf, starring in the upcoming Focus with Will Smith as well as starring in a live action adaption of Ghost in Shell.
As for Robbie’s casting- I am actually very excited about it. She was great in The Wolf of Wall Street and elevated a role into something more memorable than it may have been in other hands. One of the most important aspects of HQ is also her voice, and I believe Robbie’s New York “crime mama” dialect in Wolf could easily be transformed into something fitting of Quinn. Plus, she has a fierceness about her that I could see working well in the role, and with a few workouts and some white face paint, Robbie could easily be loved as much as the Quinn character in the comics. Unfortunately, my dream casting for the role, Brittany Murphy, has passed away.
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