Harley Quinn has sported several memorable looks since her 1992 debut — across animation, comic books and video games — but perhaps none is as iconic as her original jester costume.
As the fan-favorite DC Comics antiheroine leaps to live-action with director David Ayer‘s “Suicide Squad,” an effort was made to bring the red-and-blue suit with her. However, some things aren’t just meant to be.
Confirming earlier comments made by star Margot Robbie, costume designer Kate Hawley told reporters during a visit to the Toronto set of “Suicide Squad” that a jester costume was actually created for the film, but it didn’t make the cut.
“The jester suit has an amazing, powerful quality to it,” she said. “We built that. We actually put it on Margot, and she looked amazing. There’s a moment where there’s homage to that very garment. What happens, though, and the way David works – and I’m not speaking out of turn here – and because it’s a very organic quality and he’s writing it as we speak, the weight of things change. There’s beats that you think you can establish an arc within and then it changes again. We have limited beats to show all the elements.”
“We could do a paper doll book of Harley in terms of all the facets that she can present to you,” Hawley said, noting the character’s look in the film draws inspiration from the likes of Courtney Love and Debbie Harry. “There are so many elements and depth to her character. And we built stuff for scenes that aren’t here anymore, and things like that.”
Harley her Task Force X teammates even contemplate their attire.
“They get given their mission outfits out of Belle Reve en route to this mission they are on,” Hawley said. “There’s a delightful scene where they’re all putting on their ‘murderous suits,’ as they call them, because when they put them on, people die. And Harley’s sitting there and you’ll see a moment where she’s putting on all her corsets, so we quote every comic variation of her. It’s her dress-up box. And I feel sure that jester suit is going to come into it because none of us can leave it alone.”
Opening Aug. 5, “Suicide Squad” also stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.
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