While critical reception to DC Films’ Suicide Squad has been less than stellar, what praise the movie is getting centers around a few key performances. One of those performances is Margot Robbie’s take on Harey Quinn, the live action debut of one of Batman’s most beloved villains – a villain who originated not in the pages of Batman comics, but on the small screen in Batman: The Animated Series.
In an interview with Comicbook.com, Paul Dini – who co-created Harley Quinn along with series producer Bruce Timm – weighed in on Robbie’s performance, and by all accounts he was thrilled.
Every clip that I’ve seen of Margot as Harley, she seems to have nailed it perfectly. When she’s introducing herself to Katana, when she’s walking around with the bat behind her shoulders, she just seems to have really channeled the true spirit of the character. Seeing that come alive is just amazing for me. I saw the shot yesterday of her and Joker in the therapy session getting ready to kiss, and I was just like, ‘That’s it, that’s my girl.’
Aside from his reactions to the new film, he also spoke a little bit about the creation of Harley, and the role she played in The Animated Series.
“As a combination of Bruce’s tremendous design and Arleen [Sorkin]’s great voice work, it became very easy for me to write the character. I knew how she’s look and I knew what she’d say. She became a great counterpoint for Batman, a contrast in a scene where something grim would be happening, and she’d just make a joke; it would give the scene a completely different energy. I think if the audience is really invested in the action of what Batman is doing, and you have a character who can do compliment that as far as humor goes, it’s going to hit the same way with the audience.”
You can catch the rest of the interview over at Comicbook.com, and you can see Margot Robbie’s take on Harley Quinn yourself in theaters this Friday.