Over twenty years after her initial debut in “Batman: The Animated Series,” Harley Quinn is set to make her live-action movie debut in “Suicide Squad.” And while the character isn’t sporting her classic jester suit in the film, her movie look does contain more than a few nods to her comic and cartoon roots. The latest issue of “Entertainment Weekly” includes early Harley Quinn concept art from costume designer Kate Hawley, which reveals the thought process that went into coming up with the look for Margot Robbie’s antihero.
In the accompanying text, Hawley explains that she pulled iconography from the comic book source material, as well as rock and roll icons and the Instagram accounts of Mexican drug cartels. She also explains that the goal behind Harley’s design was to make her look sexy on Harley’s own terms and not cater to what a man (re: Joker) would find particularly sexy.
Directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and more, “Suicide Squad” opens on August 5.
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