– by Joseph Jammer Medina

“…some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

Alfred Pennyworth, “The Dark Knight”

The above quote was delivered by Michael Caine, as Alfred, about The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT. In the 2008 film, Heath Ledger’s Joker was referred to as an agent of anarchy. He existed merely to throw the system into chaos and then laugh merrily as everyone else tries to pick up the pieces. His ambitionsweren’t grandiose. He wasn’t trying to “take over the world” or anything like that. All he wanted was to push the kinds of buttons that would make everyone question what it is they think they know about the world.

In this year’s SUICIDE SQUAD, it looks like writer-director David Ayer and actress Margot Robbie have something similar in mind for Harley Quinn. The character, created for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES in 1993, has always been depicted as Joker’s right hand. In SUICIDE SQUAD that’ll still be the case, as she partners up with Jared Leto’s version of the character. In an interview with Vogue, though, Robbie makes it sound like her take on Harley Quinn will fall in line with the famous quote mentioned above:

“She doesn’t even have superpowers. She’s just a psychopath who runs around gleefully killing people—she finds joy in causing mayhem, which makes her weirdly endearing and fun to watch.”

Indeed, if she’s able to pull off something on the level of what Ledger did, we’re in for quite a treat. His Joker, while completely insane was, as she put it, “weirdly endearing” and utterly magnetic. 

What do you think? Does Robbie have what it takes to make Quinn’s cinematic debut in SUICIDE SQUAD be as memorable as it has the potential to be? Do you like the idea of Quinn being an agent of mayhem, just as Ledger’s joker was of anarchy? 

SUICIDE SQUAD comes out on August 5.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.