David Ayer, ‘Suicide Squad’ Director, Reveals Alternate Harley Quinn Look

Article by Adam Poncharoensub

After the first phase of the DC movie universe ended with a whimper, rather than a bang, WB decided to restructure their efforts and move forward on a different path. As we know, a few movies are set outside the established universe, while others still retain some roots in it. For instance, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is serving as a spin-off from 2016’s Suicide Squad. Though SS was polarizing in its reception, director David Ayer continues to retain a certain love for the movie. He’s made comments in the past that make him come off as a bit of an apologist, but his enthusiasm is still felt. An active member of social media, Ayer has revealed alternate takes on various character from the movie. Recently, he’s revealed an alternate Harley Quinn look.

Personally, though I didn’t find Suicide Squad that great of a movie, the characters are really what make it watchable. Margot Robbie’s delightful take on Harley Quinn is one of the film’s biggest highlights and very likely the reason behind BoP. With that introduction, let’s just streamroll into today’s news. Yesterday, David Ayer released a photo of Margot Robbie in an alternate Harley Quinn look on Instagram. It seems that this outfit takes more inspiration from the classic Harley Quinn jester outfit from Batman: The Animated Series, but with the punky aesthetic of the flick.

Jester Punk

Take a look:

OTHER: Harley Quinn alternative look by David Ayer from r/DC_Cinematic

What draws my eye are the diamond pattern and the red and blue. It’s definitely more comic booky than the t-shirt and shorts that we received in the theatrical version. While not much better than the version used, I do prefer it. In the end, it seems that Ayer and his team seemed to want something a bit more original for their take on SS and I can’t really fault them for that. Both definitely work with the style of the flick, but I suppose the look they eventually went with just fits better.

What do you think? Would you have preferred this look over the theatrical version? Or did Ayer make the right choice? Let me know.

Suicide Squad is currently available on home media and digital download.



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Adam Poncharoensub is a blogger, movie critic, and Born-Again Batman fan. When he’s not chained to his desk writing, he likes to spend his days spreading the gospel of the Dark Knight in the treacherous suburbs of Miami or working under Dropping Loads Productions, where he co-hosts a comedy podcast and produces sketches.