Suicide Squad is the next chapter in the DC Expanded Universe and it will be the first time that the Joker and Harley Quinn will be on the big screen together. Despite the mixed reaction to Batman v Superman, the fact that this villainous partnership will be played out in live action is one of many aspects of the Suicide Squad that has people so excited for it. The pair in charge of delivering Joker & Harley are Jared Leto & Margot Robbie. Speaking with ComingSoon, the Suicide Squad cast members discussed their respective characters in more detail.
Jared Leto spoke about what direction they took with his version of the infamous Clown Prince of Crime and how previous versions of the character required them to do that:
“We walked in a completely new direction. I think we knew that we had to do that. It was important to do that. When the Joker has been done and done so well, it gives you a bit of an indication of where you shouldn’t go. There’s a bit of a map there. That’s the good part about it.”
“Joker has been written about in pop culture for 75 years. I’m just the latest in the long list of people who have redefined and reinvented this character. The actors, the voice actors, the television series, the writers, the artists and the fans. People have taken the Joker and reinvented and redefined for 75 years. It is really special to be asked to do that.”
Leto is right in his view that they had to go in a different direction with the newest variation of the Joker to be brought to the masses. When there have been so many iterations of a character, you have to do something different in order to set yourself apart from the field and make the role your own. At the same time, you still need to keep the core of the character there which is something that each version of the Joker has done whether it be on film, tv, game or comic.
Margot Robbie, unlike Jared Leto and the Joker, will be playing a character that we have not seen in a DC movie before. There have been many beloved versions of Harley Quinn since her introduction in Batman: The Animated Series. Harley’s origin of course is so heavily intertwined with the Joker. As a psychiatrist in Arkham Asylum, Dr. Harleen Quinzell became obsessed with the Joker to the point of falling madly in love with the deranged psychopath, and in the end became a deranged psychopath in her own right. Robbie spoke about how she went about trying to figure out Harley’s love for the Joker:
“I did a lot of research on mental illness and codependency … I was trying to access a way in to understanding why she’s so in love with the Joker. I kind of decided that she’s codependent on him. Now that I’ve done the research, I realize that that’s more of an addiction than an illness … You see many sides of her. Sometimes she’s really funny. Sometimes she’s really mean. She just enjoys everything she does. Whether she’s doing something good or bad, she’ll have an equal amount of enjoyment out of it. She’s not always the most likable character.”
From the pair’s comments, it is fair to say that both actors have a good handle on their characters and really do understand them. We’re confident that both the Joker and Harley Quinn will be absolutely fantastic when Suicide Squad lands on August 5th and give us one of the greatest yet f*cked up partnerships in comic book history in all its glory.