I wanted to start a series of posts where I look at costumes and share my thoughts on them. And after the news about "Suicide Squad", I thought I would start with Harley Quinn
So, recently photos from the "Suicide Squad" set have been released, including photos of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
And here's her costume.
I actually really like most of this costume. Harley Quinn would definitely wear this, based on the various images of her from the comics and games.
The colour scheme seems to be based on the Suicide Squad comic: red and blue. The dyed ponytails resembles Harley in Arkham City. So far, so good. I also like how this costume is slightly less revealing than some of her other looks.
I will say, this is a wholly impractical costume. Those sneaker boots are cute, but I doubt anyone can run around in them. If I remember correctly, Harley is a gymnast: I can't imagine cartwheeling in heels is safe. Wedges would have made more sense I think.
The t-shirt says "Daddy's Little Monster". A bit random. NB. Please let there be no daddy issues for Harley Quinn in this film. Apart from the random slogan it's a nice shirt. I like the accessories too, especially the studded belt and bracelets. The whole outfit makes me think of a roller derby (okay, I've never been to one, because Malta is limited like that, but I have an idea of what they look like :P). her choker seems to say "Puddin": if they're basing her character on cartoon Harley, then I think this is totally in character. Animated series Harley Quinn would definitely wear a choker commemorating her beloved Puddin': she's obsessed with him.
The jacket is also nice. It reminds me of those sports jackets I see in films about American colleges/schools. What I DO NOT LIKE about it is that on the back it seems to say "Property of the Joker". Urgh. I don't know how I feel about that. On the one hand, Harley is obsessed with the Joker, and wouldn't care who knows it. But I don't know if she would consider herself owned, or whether she would want to be owned.
I really hope the film acknowledges how abusive and messed up her relationship with Mr J is. Hopefully we'll get a character arc where Harley realises just how awful the Joker is for her, and gets herself out. I don't know what to expect from "Suicide Squad"
Harley Quinn, or the film in general. I haven't seen most of the recent DC Universe films because I keep hearing bad things about them. I want to be excited for "Suicide Squad". Mind, I had similar feelings when "Sucker Punch" came out, but saw it and loved it.
Other things I'm not crazy about are some of her tattoos. I like the idea of them, but they seem very faint, as if she got bored and drew on her leg with a marker. The tattoos (I think that's what they are) on her arm are much better looking. I also like how her costume look beat up in some of these pictures. After all, no one can remain pristine after a fight.
If I were to try making this costume, I would use a stretch material for her shorts, and maybe lengthen them slightly for modesty. I would probably modify an existing t-shirt. I'm not sure what the jacket is made of, but I would guess some kind of pleather, or possible stretch velvet. I would probably not include the "Property of the Joker" slogan. Her choker could easily be made from craft foam. It would probably be simpler to buy her bracelets and belts. Other pieces I would buy are the boots and fishnets. A ponytail wig could easily be altered with permanent markers to create her colourful ponytails.