Harley Quinn Co-Creator Paul Dini Gives Stamp Of Approval On Margot Robbie’s Performance

Harley Quinn

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.

Source: Comicbook.com

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  • chaburchak

    Dini and his cohorts should’ve been put in charge of ALL DC live-action movies, not ying-yangs like Snyder and Ayers…

    • Darthmanwe

      Heh, no. I never quite believed their vision could be a good live action one…

      But there is more evidence certain people in that team tends to make bad decisions.

      Latest Killing Joke is just a symptom, really.

      • chaburchak

        They’ve had what, twenty years of steering those properties through various series and animated movies with a great deal of success. Killing Joke may be their first real stumble. I’d take that track record anyday. Meanwhile how many successes have the live action movies had? Oh yeah, we’re still waiting for one…

        • Darthmanwe

          Read what I said. Not a live action one. Some stuff they did could only ever be done in animated format, due to obvious logistics issues. And some interpersonal character relationships they forged could only ever exist in animated format, where characters do not age.

          Real human beings…. do age.

          • chaburchak

            I read what you said, I just don’t agree that animation people can’t do live action. They’re professionals, they can adapt to whatever format that’s required. At the very least, they have shown an understanding of the DC universe that no one else at WB has come close to demonstrating. I’d put my money on that over people like Snyder and Ayers, simple as that.

          • Darthmanwe

            YOU HAVEN’T READ WHAT I WROTE. You just haven’t.

            I’m not saying animation people can’t do live action.

            I’m saying what THESE artists did in their shows cannot be done in live action.


            I guarantee you, allow Bruce Timm to generate movie content, and next moment you will get a Nicholas Sparks movie of Batman and Wonder Woman.

            Just no.