David Ayer Confirms “Fake Harley” Theory

Article by Eric Lee

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has confirmed a fan theory about Joker recruiting a fake Harley Quinn.

The scene in question is when Joker is on the hotel room floor, surrounded by all those guns and knives. Eagle-eye fans spotted not only the original Harley Quinn costume, but also a mysterious woman in red. The lady in question’s laying on the couch. She does nothing in the scene, but also doesn’t look like a typical henchman.

Fans have theorized that the woman in red is actually a random female the Joker might have kidnapped and dressed up like Harley. Furthermore, once the Joker realizes that the woman “can’t compare to the real Harley” he’ll eventually kill her.


The basis of the theory is from an episode of The New Adventures of Batman titled “Joker’s Millions“. There, the Clown Prince Of Crime decides to recruit a new Harley instead of busting the current one out of jail. The new Harley is a bumbling buffoon that screws everything up and eventually gets arrested.

According to Ayer, that fan theory is true. The director confirmed it on Twitter, in a round-about way.

What Does This Mean?

This side plot doesn’t add anything to the main mission of Suicide Squad. However, it does give yet another creepy layer to Jared Leto’s Joker that wasn’t shown in the theatrical release. Hearing this theory confirmed only makes fans long for more of Leto’s Joker.

Unfortunately, the theatrical version cut out most of the Joker’s scenes, leaving fans with a very different impression of the character. Perhaps that subtext would be more prominent in the much touted Ayer-cut of the movie?

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Eric Lee

Eric Lee hails from San Francisco, California and has been one of the biggest fans of Batman since he was 2 years old when his dad showed him Tim Burton's 'Batman' on a fuzzy VHS. Currently, Eric is an avid comic book reader and writer and illustrator working on his own graphic novel. You can see his doodles at meeleeart.com.