New Suicide Squad Photo of Joker and Harley Released

Saturday, 07 May 2016 - 1:51PM
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Saturday, 07 May 2016 - 1:51PM
New Suicide Squad Photo of Joker and Harley Released
Putting such a spotlight on characters like Joker, Harley, and Batman are undoubtedly a big part of what made Warner Brothers see Suicide Squad as a viable project, as it's a property that not many outsiders have ever really heard of. That being said, it's also a choice that makes a lot of sense, seeing that such a huge emphasis was put on Harley, her origins, and her relationship with Joker when the New 52 reboot of Suicide Squad started up back in 2011.  

Now, a new picture of the characters behind the most dysfunctional relationship in DC Comics has been released in a recent article by Rolling Stone.    



Harley certainly doesn't look too thrilled to have Joker wagging his finger at her, and it makes one wonder what type of relationship they're going to have in the film. There was a video taken on set of Suicide Squad a few months back showing the Joker slapping Harley to the ground, so it's obvious that the abusive aspect of the relationship will indeed be included in the cinematic version.

Likewise, Will Smith also made a comment a while back about there being a "love triangle" between Deadshot, Harley, and the Joker. That's certainly something that has a basis in the comics as well, as Harley seduces Deadshot during Task Force X's first mission together (something which draws Joker's rage in subsequent arcs). Could this same situation be present in Suicide Squad? Could the events of the movie be taking place following a falling out between Harley and the Joker, just like in the comics?  

That certainly seems to be the implication. It's been theorized that a lot of the movie will take place in flashbacks (which is obvious, since trailers have shown glimpses of Harley's origin story), so Suicide Squad could very well feature scenes of the before, during, and after of Harley's relationship with Joker.      

This, of course, raises questions about what the two's relationship will be like moving forward in the DCEU. In recent comics, Harley has kept her distance from the Joker. In fact, in Harley's main title, she's become the leader of a gang that fights on the side of right. However, in recent issues of Suicide Squad, she's retained her villain/anti-hero characterization that's been present since her inception back in the 90s, though she has had moments where she's questioned the legitimacy of her actions.

So will the Harley Quinn of the DCEU follow the path that the Harley Quinn of the main HQ title has taken, and essentially become a hero? Or will she retain the villain/anti-hero characterization that was given to the character when she was first created? While the idea of Harley getting out of an abusive relationship and doing what she believes to be right may set a good example, it arguably goes against everything the character was ever meant to be.

Hopefully, her lines in the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer will be the answer to the question of whether Harley will go good or not."We're bad guys - it's what we do!"
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