8 Little Known Nuances That Made Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Awesome

How Harley stole the show from The Joker.

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Though Harley Quinn is a relatively new character by the standards of iconic comic book mainstays, she's been a massively popular fixture across DC media ever since making her 1992 debut in Batman: The Animated Series (as voiced by Arleen Sorkin).

But there's no denying that the supervillain enjoyed a major uptick in mainstream popularity after appearing in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad, as played so wonderfully by Margot Robbie.

And no matter the misgivings fans rightly had with the movie as a whole, Robbie's big-screen rendition of Harley was roundly praised, with some even deeming it the "definitive" interpretation of the character.

And credit to Robbie, who has since become an Oscar nominee, for putting in the leg-work to make Harley a far more nuanced and statuesque character than she was on the written page.

Perhaps her greatest accomplishment is in thoroughly leap-frogging Jared Leto's controversial performance as The Joker and stealing practically every scene she was in.

But it's nevertheless easy to take her hard work for granted amid the ensemble cast, even if there are many precise tricks and techniques she employed to sell the character to the audience...


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