Harley Quinn is one of the most popular Batman characters, but she hasn’t been around for 75 years like the others. She was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992 for Batman: The Animated Series and instantly became a fan favorite. Harley Quinn has since been featured in comics and the popular Batman: Arkham video games.
Now Harley Quinn is coming to the big screen for the first time, and Polygon caught up with her co-creater Bruce Timm to get his take on Margot Robbie’s look in Suicide Squad.
“It’s interesting,” Timm answered immediately. “It’s weird. Myself — being somebody who’s taken characters that pre-exist and putting my own spin on them in my own little universe — I’m very aware of how when a character that I necessarily created shows up in other media that they have to adapt it and do different things with it than I would do. So I’m very open to it to see what they’re going to do. I’m actually really excited. I just today, just before the show started, saw the first image of Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad movie, and I thought ‘Woah. She looks actually pretty cute!’ I was actually kind of worried I thought ‘Oh, she’s going to look really, really bizarre and skanky’ but nah, she’s not too bad. So I’m often mistaken.