Harley Quinn completely shinned in Birds of Prey. The Suicide Squad makes an attempt to channel her distinctive model of calculated chaos however forgets that spark of humanity that Birds of Prey so successfully honed on, making the character really feel shallow. Fans may nonetheless be laughing at Harley’s jokes, however do they nonetheless relate to her?
This is a very vital query contemplating each Birds of Prey and The Suicide Squad relied closely on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn as a promotional device. Of the 2, solely Birds of Prey actually delivered within the display time, nevertheless. The Suicide Squad had extra characters to juggle – even when it did get rid of a substantial amount of them in probably the most grotesque methods attainable – which meant that although followers noticed their good bit of Harley Quinn, additionally they went lengthy stretches of the film with out catching a glimpse of her. For some, this was a non-issue. The film is named The Suicide Squad, in any case.
For others, nevertheless, the concentrate on her character in promotional materials, notably coming within the heels of a film that really allowed her to shine, felt deceptive, at greatest. Particularly when many of the depth the character was allowed in Birds of Prey was conspicuously absent from this film. Sure, Harley didn’t want anybody to avoid wasting her. She saved herself and delivered some of the visually gorgeous sequences within the film whereas at it. But, emotionally talking, was there any form of arc for Harley in The Suicide Squad?
She didn’t actually make new associates. Or spend a lot time bonding with previous associates. She didn’t get an opportunity to showcase her intelligence, or schooling, each issues the flicks have remarked upon quite a few occasions earlier than. In truth, she began the film precisely the place she stated she wouldn’t be on the finish of Birds of Prey, however along with her ordinary sunny disposition about it. And then she simply didn’t develop. Which might need been okay, if the film hadn’t additionally executed away with many of the progress that occurred throughout Birds of Prey.
Yes, this Harley Quinn is free of the Joker. There’s no going again to that. But simply because Harley isn’t leaping again into the arms of a homicidal maniac who by no means actually cared for her, that doesn’t imply the film follows by way of on her character arc from the earlier film. It simply means it doesn’t contradict itself as badly because it may have. It’s a small mercy, nevertheless it’s nowhere close to sufficient. Particularly contemplating that this film had no Joker, so no actual chance of going there once more.
The Suicide Squad tries to set itself other than 2016’s Suicide Squad. And in most respects, it succeeds. Not within the matter of Harley Quinn, although, as a result of watching the three motion pictures back-to-back seems like current in two totally different universes that don’t even observe a linear path. The Harley from the 2016 film feels a lot nearer to the Harley from The Suicide Squad than the one from Birds of Prey. Fun, sensible, immensely succesful, however very emotionally closed off and incapable of actually lasting connections. Not to say, this Harley nonetheless feels to be hovering on the sting of self-destruction, as an alternative of current in a managed chaos of her personal making.
It’s simpler to cope with this Harley Quinn, in fact. Easier to write down her. Particularly with such a loaded forged. Following the storyline arrange in Birds of Prey would have required much more introspection, and on the floor, meaning much less simple jokes. Except Birds of Prey by some means managed to be humorous, present character progress for not simply Harley, however a number of characters, and make us care in regards to the group they had been establishing. The Suicide Squad was enjoyable as nicely, however there was little or no substance to it. Harley is probably the most egregious instance as a result of her characterization really took a step again, however the film did not discover the complexities of any of its characters.
Superficially, the film tried to the touch on the themes of discovered household. Except it’s actually onerous to consider the people who find themselves left alive on the finish really care about one another. They had been the fortunate ones who escaped, and they’ll keep collectively as a result of that’s the better method, and so they one-upped Waller. That’s it. There’s no emotional resonance.
Harley Quinn stays a enjoyable character, that DC would do nicely to discover extra going ahead. Gotham City Sirens looks like the proper subsequent step for her. But no matter DC chooses to do with the character of Harley going ahead, it will do nicely to do not forget that the most effective model of the character was the one from Birds of Prey. Harley Quinn is extra than simply the agent of chaos The Suicide Squad made her out to be. And whether or not the character could be profitable exterior of team-up motion pictures or not may rely on whether or not she’s allowed the prospect to proceed rising, as an alternative of being caught within the function of the “cool girl.”