Margot Robbie has played Harley Quinn in three movies over five years and she said recently that she needs a break from the character telling Entertainment Weekly that:
"I was like, 'Oof, I need a break from Harley, because she's exhausting. I don't know when we're next going to see her."
Her instincts aren’t wrong. Aside from the professional toll it might take on her, you also want to give audiences a break too – let us miss Harley. Harley is popular, Harley has been a big win for Margot in her career but also for DC. There’s a lot to debate where DC is concerned, and how the DC movies and DC superhero stories have been told in this era as they’ve tried to expand the universe. The Suicide Squad is a great example since, you know, The Suicide Squad comes after Suicide Squad and if they had really nailed that one…well…
My point is, as polarising as DC’s report card has been, one thing that is universally agreed upon is that what they did get right is Margot as Harley. But to protect that, you can’t keep going to her. Give Harley some time off.
So here’s Margot at The Suicide Squad premiere last night, her last Harley Quinn premiere in what could be a while. And I’m half and half on the outfit. Half in because I love these pants. This is probably my favourite pants cut – harem vibes, so good. But I feel like this look would have been so much better without the white rash guard? I don’t know if it’s actually a rash guard, but it reminds me of one, and I’m normally the person who's all about layering but it doesn’t work here. It’s so busy, with so many seams going in so many different directions, and embellishments on top of that, I wonder if it would have just been a cleaner look if the rash guard just came off leaving the top as a standard halter. It’d be a little basic, sure, like half a bikini over a pair of pants and not Chanel…but even Chanel can do too much sometimes, and this outfit is doing the most.
And that’s a thing I’ve been saying since Margot became a Chanel ambassador – it just doesn’t hit with the same results as we’ve seen with other partnerships.