Harley Quinn has been an icon ever since she debuted in “Batman: The Animated Series” in the 1990s. From there, she’s appeared in comic books, video games, and live-action movies, most notably with 2016’s “Suicide Squad” and “Birds of Prey.” It’s an impressive rise for the villain turned anti-hero, and Gunn thinks she deserves even more respect than what she already has.
Regarding Harley’s legacy, Gunn said this to NYT: “For me, Harley Quinn belongs on the wall next to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk.” It’s a bold statement. All of those characters came into existence between the 1930s and 1960s. Harley arrived relatively new to the party several decades later, but few would argue about her lasting cultural impact.
Gunn mentions how writing her character for “The Suicide Squad” was challenging in certain aspects. Most people didn’t have a good handle on Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon before they entered the MCU, but everyone knows who Harley is. As he explains, “Harley was pretty incredibly written by Paul Dini from the beginning, and so to be able to capture the essence of that character — her chaotic, sweet nature — and give her her due as the trickster and allow her to go wherever she wants, was surprising even to me as a writer.”
Harley’s always a highlight of whatever project she’s in. There’s no reason to think “The Suicide Squad” will be any different, and perhaps, the movie will officially cement her place on the Mount Rushmore of comic book icons.