Get ready, puddin’ — “Suicide Squad” will hit theaters in just two months, and Warner Bros. and DC Comics aim to get readers ready for the film with a new Harley Quinn-based prequel comic by writer Tony Bedard and artist Tom Derenick.
Titled “Suicide Blonde,” the comic comes packed with specially marked bottles of SPLAT hair dye and establishes the dynamic between Harley Quinn and the Joker. It begins when Amanda Waller approaches Harley to join Task Force X; when Waller tells her that she can return to the nightlife that much sooner, she flashes back to the night Batman came after her and the Joker in their purple Lamborghini.
In the flashback, Harley and the Joker appear to have a relationship that rings true to the “Batman: The Animated Series” versions of the characters, with Joker threatening Harley for stealing his punchline and Harley calling him “puddin’.” As it turns out, the two are Gotham’s newest power couple and the city’s youth are enthralled with them, going so far as to imitate their looks (which the Joker takes none-too-kindly). The Joker also appears to wield the bat that Harley uses in the film.
The comic has been uploaded in full by Tumblr user Mad Love.
The next DC Cinematic Universe installment, “Suicide Squad,” stars Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot and is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016.
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