Editor’s note: The original version of this story ran in July 2016, as Harley Quinn was about to make her big-screen debut in Suicide Squad. With Saturday designated as the annual Batman Day, and DC celebrating by giving Harley a co-starring role coinciding with her 25th anniversary, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit our first-hand account of the strange origin of one of DC’s strangest characters from the man who dreamed her up. In the early 1990s, Paul Dini was a writer for hire, cranking out scripts for the ground-breaking, noirish Batman: The Animated Series, when inspiration struck.
Actor Liev Schreiber attended Comic-Con this year, and brought along his 8- and 9-year-old sons. The San Diego Comic-Con (which, believe it or not, used to actually feature comic books) is an annual celebrity fest these days. One such notable, Liev Schreiber, was in attendance this year, partly to promote, but also to parent.
There’s no doubt that male superheroes like Batman and Superman have long dominated DC’s cinematic universe, but with Wonder Woman heading to theaters this year and DC’s hugely popular multimedia initiative Super Hero Girls taking off over the past year, the ladies are catching up. While this year’s New York Toy Fair, taking place this weekend at Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will feature plenty of Bat-toys, there will also be loads of Wonder Women, Harley Quinns, and Supergirls on display. Click through to see Yahoo Movies’s exclusive sneak peek of the latest DC offerings from toy-maker Jakks Pacific
Emma Stone imagined as Poison Ivy by artist Kode A., a.k.a. Christmas came early for Margot Robbie when Warner Bros. announced that her breakout Suicide Squad character, Harley Quinn, would be getting her own spin-off movie in the form of Gotham City Sirens. Based on the DC Comics title of the same name, which ran for 26 issues between 2009 and 2011, the movie will re-team Robbie with her Squad director, David Ayer, and partner Harley with two more Gotham City bad girls: cat burglar Catwoman and seductive eco-terrorist Poison Ivy, who has the power to control men’s minds through plant pheromones.
What does it take to play the “most famous female villain in the DC Universe?” That’s the questioned answered by Margot Robbie in the above exclusive clip from the upcoming digital/Blu-ray release of Suicide Squad. “Margot really settled into an incredibly difficult role,” director David Ayer gushes in the clip, which is part of a bonus featurette focusing on Harley and the Joker.
‘Dark Night’ recounts writer Paul Dini’s struggle to recover from a horrific attack. Paul Dini has a mantle full of Emmys for a TV-writing career that has included such shows as Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, G.I. Joe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Star Wars: The Clones Wars, and even ABC’s Lost.
Margot Robbie and Will Smith may be doing the press rounds for ‘Suicide Squad’, but it didn’t stop her revealing how, in an amusing coincidence, she shared her first date with Will Smith. Speaking to Scott Mills for Radio 1, the Aussie actress was quick to tease Will Smith, who’s 21 years her senior, on how old he is. Having revealed that she’d never seen Smith in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ (mainly because she was born the same year it began), she then shared a revealing bit of information regarding her love life.
Suicide Squad crashes theaters this weekend and one member of the psychotic crew of antiheroes is already being talked up for her own solo spinoff: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The character’s co-creator, Paul Dini, recently gave us a guided tour of Harley’s history; click through for some of his insights into Daddy’s Li’l Monster as we trace her path from animated second banana to DC movie superstar.
Promotion for ‘Suicide Squad’ is already well under way ahead of its release at the start of next month, with Will Smith, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie and pals looking to charm audiences into watching the blockbuster in their droves. Eagle-eyed Reddit user swervingmoss noticed that Harley Quinn’s hot pants in the ‘Suicide Squad’ television spot were longer than in the footage shown as part of the Suicide Squad – Official Comic Con Soundtrack Remix.
Back in 2008, when Batman epic ‘The Dark Knight’ swooped into cinemas just a couple of months after Robert Downey Jr’s big screen debut as ‘Iron Man’, comic book fans could never have imagined how successful Marvel’s then-pioneering cinematic universe would go on to be. If you had told anyone that a movie in which Batman fights Superman would struggle to surpass the unspeakably obscure ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at the global box office, DC acolytes would have cackled maniacally in your face like The Joker after pulling off a particularly cruel and ingenious jape. Christopher Nolan’s Batman films were wowing critics and stirring up huge numbers at the box office while Marvel was still pulling on its power-suit.
Harley Quinn is having a moment. Daddy’s Li’l Monster has emerged as an indisputable breakout in the run-up to the August premiere of Suicide Squad, perhaps the summer’s most anticipated film. Played on screen by Margot Robbie, the character is a relatively recent edition to the DC Universe, first surfacing in a 1992 episode of the classic cartoon Batman: The Animated Series.
The Suicide Squad just hit Hollywood. In advance of the anticipated summer movie, due out Aug. 5, Warner Bros. is displaying a wide selection of costumes and props featuring DC Comics’ off-kilter band of baddies for visitors who go on the studio tour. This week, Warners previewed the exhibit, which also includes artifacts from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in its museum. In the coming months, the studio will rotate in new pieces from upcoming DC-based films like Wonder Woman and Justice League, as well as its stable of TV shows, including Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.
The Dark Knight just crashed the Suicide Squad’s party. In the new trailer premiering on Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, we got our longest look yet at Batman’s appearance in this summer’s supervillain showcase. Piecing together the new images with clips from the earlier trailers, statements made by Zack Snyder (director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and master of the DC cinematic universe), and plots from key comics, we can glean hints not just about the Suicide Squad storyline, but also about the in-the-works standalone film featuring Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader.
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad on the horizon, DC has two of the year’s most anticipated films. Yahoo Movies has an exclusive sneak peek at DC’s inaugural line of highly detailed, virtually photorealistic figures created using 3D sculpts of the films’ stars. “We’re not holding anything back,” Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, tells Yahoo.