David Ayer Responds To Criticism Of Harley Quinn’s Over-Sexualization In ‘Suicide Squad’

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Suicide Squad director David Ayer responded to a fan’s criticism of Harley Quinn’s over-sexualization in the characters live-action debut.

Suicide Squad was plagued with many issues that ranged from a terrible story to the worst editing in super hero movie history, but one of the things that fans really disliked was that Harley Quinn looked like she was dressed to appease the male gaze. Harley Quinn’s look in Suicide Squad has been the topic of discussion for quite some time and fans have been criticizing director David Ayer to this day. Most recently, Ayer reacted to the criticism on Twitter and shared his feelings on Harley Quinn being over-sexualized.

The director responded with a bit of sarcasm before revealing that the constant attacks “hurt” as he believes in feminism and has a “good soul”. You can check out Ayer’s tweets below.

Harley Quinn appeared next in Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn which was directed by Cathy Yan. Her look has definitely evolved since Suicide Squad and you can tell it wasn’t created with the male gaze this time around. What are your thoughts on Harley Quinn’s look in Suicide Squad? Do you agree with the criticisms? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as The Joker. However, James Gunn is expected to deliver on the fresh take on the Suicide Squad in his upcoming movie.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker.

The Suicide Squad will be released in theaters on August 6, 2021.

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