Ever since Warner Brothers and DC announced their new slate of comic book movies, they have been wasting no time finding actors for the upcoming Suicide Squad with several big names already reportedly being in talks for the film. Among those names is Margot Robbie whom you probably best know as Mrs. Belfort in Wolf of Wall Street. While her would-be role in Suicide Squad has been kept under wraps until now, it had previously been assumed (by me at least) that she would be playing squad member Vixen. However, according to some breaking news from Collider, her role will actually be that of the Joker’s girlfriend and most famous disciple Harley Quinn.
I suppose I should have seen this coming, especially considering that they have also been trying to recruit Jared Leto to play the Joker which has sparked debate among comic fans as to whether Harley Quinn would be making an appearance as well. At this point I’m undecided about whether or not Robbie is right for the part. As of this article I’ve only seen her in two films and while she did well in both of them, her screen time was limited, giving a rather small sample size of her talent and neither of her characters were really anywhere near as complex as Harley Quinn.
I have to admit though, I can see why Warner Brothers would do this. While Robbie isn’t exactly an A-lister right now, Wolf of Wall Street has gotten her noticed and by the time Suicide Squad would come out, she could very well become a pretty big star. Right now, apart from Suicide Squad, she’s got Focus with Will Smith coming out in a few months, Z for Zachariah with Chiwetel Ejifor and Chris Pine some time next year, and is also currently filming for her role as Jane in Tarzan (also for Warner Brothers) which is set to be released just one month before Suicide Squad.
It’s not inconceivable that she can do for Suicide Squad (and presumably other DC movies) what Jennifer Lawrence did for the X-Men. Fox signed her up before she really made it big with The Hunger Games and are now able to use her star power to promote the series without having to pay too much. Of course, I’m probably getting ahead of myself but it’s kind of refreshing to see a sign that DC might actually know what they’re doing for a change.
Is Margot Robbie a good fit for Harley Quinn? Are or now more or less excited for Suicide Squad? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below.