When it comes to hype, rarely has there been as much around a character as there has for both Harley Quinn and The Joker in Suicide Squad. From the other actors, to the director, to production staff, and yes, even from press and fans based on small early looks, it seems like everyone in the geek, DC Comics, and film communities have already decided they'll be seeing some of the best comic book interpretations on the big screen ever. So how does someone like Margot Robbie, one half of that duo (with Jared Leto, of course), deal with that pressure? She starts by recognizing her advantage.
"[I feel] fortunate that I get to be the first to [play Harley Quinn]," Robbie told Comicbook.com and select press during a set visit to Toronto last summer, "because there's nothing to like, you know, no one's set the bar frighteningly high the way they have with Joker, for example."
So while it's easier in that regard, being the first on the big screen (Harley Quinn was actually born in animation, on Batman: The Animated Series, and a more modernized, closer-to-the-film version was in an animated feature last year), Robbie also feels the pressure of the early excitement, and fan expectation.
"[I'm] acutely aware of the fact that there's a massive fan base, and you don't want to disappoint anyone. Yeah, it's terrifying," she said, "but like I said, it's nice to be able to be the first one to do it."
Luckily for Robbie, she and the rest of the cast got along famously, spending nearly all their time together during shooting, both on and off set. She also expressed her surprise and excitement for the process of her first tentpole/comicbook film, something that no doubt helped her portray the character in an ideal manner.
"I thought doing a comic book movie would be a very formulated process, and so far this has been one of the most like organic and spontaneous processes like I've been through. This is the sort of process I'd expect to do on a really cool gritty indie film, and we're doing it on in this like massive budget film where there's so many people giving their opinion on like what we're wearing, what we're doing, blah, blah, blah," Robbie revealed. "At the end of the day everyone's kind of standing back and letting David do it the way he wants to do it, and fortunately for us, the way he wants to do it is a very raw, gritty way."
Robbie also said that she'll play Harley Quinn, "I hope forever," elaborating, "until my body can't keep, isn't capable of doing the stunts anymore," so fans who enjoy this first live-action take on Harley should be happy for years to come.
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016.