Long-time fans of the Harley Quinn character will likely enjoy her next evolution on the big screen. After her debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad and her solo outing with Birds of Prey, Margot Robbie’s Harley is going back to basics. The Suicide Squad’s director James Gunn is promising to return to the character to the days of Paul Dini and Batman: The Animated Series.
When answering a fan on Twitter recently, Gunn expressed that his version of Harley Quinn will be an “exploding Paul Dini-esque” version of the character.
Exploding Paul Dini-esque. Cc @Paul_Dini. Also that Easter Egg guess was probably more like 70% now that I think about it. Who’s next?
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 1, 2020
While no other details about the character and film are mentioned, this gives fans a good idea of the tone Gunn is taking with his version of the Suicide Squad. For those who don’t know, Harley Quinn was co-created by Paul Dini for Batman: The Animated Series, inspired and voiced by Arleen Sorkin. Going back to the roots of the character should allow fans to connect with her more, as many didn’t seem to enjoy the more freeing version presented in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
The Suicide Squad sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Suicide Squad returnees Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) as well as new DCEU additions Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Taika Waititi, Jennifer Holland, David Dastmalchian, Joaquín Cosío, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, John Cena, Pete Davidson, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Julio Ruiz, Steve Agee, Michael Rooker, and Sean Gunn.