Harley Quinn's look in Suicide Squad is a far more modern approach to the character, eschewing the "court jester" look she had when she was created. However actress Margot Robbie, who plays Harley in the film, has revealed that she almost had a look that was much closer to her original style.
“Oh, we tried on every variation of the costume. I cannot emphasis enough how many outfits, and how many variations of the Harley Quinn costume we tried,” Robbie told Hello Giggles. “We tried the court jester costume, we tried the corset and skirt, we tried leather pants, we tried literally every type of costume possible for her. I really love where we ended up. And who knows, maybe in the sequels we’ll go with the court jester one. I think there’s a world of possibilities.”
Unlike her co-star, Jared Leto, who plays Harley's one time paramour the Joker in Suicide Squad and reportedly embodied his character's madness on set, Robbie didn't go too deep into the psychology of her character.
“No, I’m not a method actor," she confessed. "I don’t think anyone would still be friends with me if I were trying to be method with Harley. My best friend, who is my assistant, I don’t think she’d put up with that!”
Suicide Squad is scheduled to open in theaters August 5.