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.
Mel Gibson is mulling joining the DC Extended Universe … as a director. Warner Bros. is courting the actor-director to helm Suicide Squad 2 and the sides are early in talks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sources say that Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material.
One triumph of The Lego Batman Movie is its ability to simultaneously satirize and celebrate the legacy of the Dark Knight, a rich history spanning eight decades of comic books, TV shows, and, especially, films. From Will Arnett’s Christian Bale-inspired gravelly growl to callbacks to the 1940s serial, The Lego Batman Movie is overstuffed with cinematic references and inside jokes. The pilot immediately calls out the Joker, pointing out how his previous big-screen endeavors were thwarted by the Caped Crusaders, alluding to both 2008’s The Dark Knight and 1989’s Batman.
Remind us again why Black Widow doesn’t have her own Marvel-ous solo adventure yet? Largely thanks to her key role in this summer’s blockbuster hit, Captain America: Civil War, the folks at Forbes have crowned Scarlett Johansson as 2016’s top-grossing actor. Reprising her role as super-agile Avenger, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. the Black Widow, Johansson reluctantly took Team Iron Man’s side in the team’s civil war, which was gut-wrenching within the Marvel cinematic universe, but great for Marvel Studios’ bottom line, as the film grossed more than $1.15 billion around the world.
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.
Remember that mid-credits scene in Suicide Squad? The frosty meeting between Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) ends with her handing over a folder full of metahuman files and him issuing a warning about her Task Force X, of which he definitely does not approve. “You should shut it down. My friends and I will do it for you.” And with that fans began drooling over the thought of a future film.
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.
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.
Have the toy makers heard the complaints? After a year seemingly bereft of female hero action figures from blockbuster films, 2016 is bringing a welcome change. As showcased over the holiday weekend at the North American International Toy Fair in New York, there will be a slew of female characters alongside their male counterparts on store shelves in the coming months from such films as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War, and Ghostbusters. Click through to see the highlights
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.
You’d think Kevin Smith, one of America’s foremost fanboys, would be heavily partial to DC Comics when it comes to assessing this year’s slate of superhero movies. The Clerks filmmaker once wrote a script for a Superman movie that would have starred Nicolas Cage, and just two weeks ago co-hosted the TV special DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League, which teased early looks at Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.
The clip, unveiled Tuesday during The CW’s Kevin Smith-hosted special, DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League, is set to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and offers a quick overview of the film’s premise. The inveterate troublemakers — Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Katana (Karen Fukuhara) — have been locked deep in the bowels of Belle Reve, an off-the-grid, ultra-max prison.
We’ve been focusing on — and indeed Warner Bros. has been emphasizing — the Batman v Superman showdown aspect of the upcoming DC-based superhero flick. That film, however, has a subtitle: Dawn of Justice. And today, the Justice League dawned online.
As Suicide Squad writer-director David Ayer recently pointed out, the good guys are kind of boring. In it, you can spot the whole Squad including Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and of course the Joker (Jared Leto).
In next summer’s DC super-villain team-up Suicide Squad, the Joker (Jared Leto) has his own sweet set of wheels. Called the Vaydor, it’s a kit car designed and sold by a gear head named Matt McEntegart, who lives in northern Florida. “I wanted aggressive, angry, and low to the ground.” Related: Behind the Scenes Photos of ‘Suicide Squad’ That description basically shouts “super-villain,” and sure enough, when Suicide Squad came calling, he was more than happy to let his handiwork be featured in the film. The new Batmobile (DC/Warner Bros) The car can be any color, but both the one McEntegart showed to Fox 13 and the model used for Suicide Squad is painted a sort of hot purple, which looks great under the neon lights of the Gotham City night.
You wouldn’t want to meet the Suicide Squad in a dark alley. A dark movie theater on the other hand… For months now, writer-director David Ayer has been chronicling the making of ‘Suicide Squad,’ the DC-Warners film about a team of supervillains on a mission no sane hero would undertake. We’ve compiled the best of the social pics, on-set photos, and behind-the-scenes snaps featuring a cast that includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, and Margot Robbie.
Jared Leto on the cover of ‘Empire Magazine’ (Courtesy of Empire) In case the green hair, white makeup, and deranged smile weren’t evil-looking enough, the new cover of Empire Magazine reveals that Suicide Squad star Jared Leto will have “Joker” tattooed in giant letters across his stomach. The British monthly’s December issue goes deep on the movie — set to hit theaters next August — about a murders’ row of DC Comics villains who team up for a mission. The full-body portrait of Leto’s Joker is the obvious main attraction. Audiences have seen glimpses of this new version of Batman’s greatest foe before; when director David Ayer (Fury) tweeted the first photo of him in April, fans were split on this seemingly punk-flavored Clown Prince of Crime.
Suicide Squad costars Will Smith and Jared Leto took this supervillain thing very seriously. Smith — who plays Deadshot in the upcoming superhero thriller about a Dirty Dozen-style team of anti-heroes — told Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe that his co-star went so deep into the demented mindset of his character, the Joker, on the set of the DC Comics film that the two didn’t exchange a single word when the cameras weren’t rolling. “I’ve never actually met Jared Leto,” Smith said. I literally have not met him yet.” Related: 'Suicide Squad’ Behind the Scenes: Jared Leto Trims the Green Joker Hair Leto’s tatted-up, crazy-eyed Joker has been the source of much fan consternation since director David Ayer first tweeted a photo of him in April.
Ben Affleck had some doubts about playing Batman — until director Zack Snyder explained that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice character would be a different kind of Dark Knight. “Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,’” Ben Affleck told Empire Magazine for their new cover story (via Comic Book Movie). “Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f—d up Batman.
Breaking: There are more updates on Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie’s pet rat from the new story in Elle magazine. Last month, we learned that Robbie — who plays Harley Quinn in the upcoming DC-Warner Bros. film — received the rodent along with a love letter from her Suicide Squad co-star Jared Leto, who plays the new punk The Joker.
Ryan Reynolds blew away Comic-Con on Saturday night with a Deadpool trailer that left fans screaming for more. Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Will Smith received an anti-hero’s welcome when he took the stage for a sneak peek at Suicide Squad. The Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC comic will feature Smith as Deadshot, “the man who cannot miss,” a ruthless assassin who also sports a red-hued costume.
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which kicks off on Thursday, promises to bring exciting revelations about some of Hollywood’s most anticipated films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Hateful Eight, The Justice League, Deadpool, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. The cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens made their first live appearance at Star Wars Celebration in April, but there was one notable no-show: Harrison Ford, who was still recovering from a small plane crash a few weeks earlier.