When it comes to DC comics, everyone knows of supervillain Harley Quinn's romantic ties with even more villainous figure the Joker, so it might come as a bit of a surprise to find out she will not just have eyes for him in Warner Brothers' upcoming movie, Suicide Squad, according to Will Smith. The 47-year-old actor, who plays assassin Deadshot in the film, revealed some sparks fly between his character and Margot Robbie's Harley on-screen.
"Harley is the biggest troublemaker but Deadshot's actually eyeballing her a little bit," Smith told Empire. "There's a pretty ragged romantic triangle there." Considering her origins in the more comic-based DC universe, it makes sense for there to be some sort of romantic interest between the pair (not to mention how much of a waste it would be not to play on the chemistry Robbie and Smith exhibited together in 2015 film Focus).
In both the literature and animated movies, the characters have appeared as a couple multiple times, with Deadshot even killing himself once (or so he believed) to save Harley's life.
Their relationship in Suicide Squad could pave the way for Harley to distance herself from the Joker too, allowing her to become her own character, rather than just his sidekick. It is an idea director David Ayer hinted at himself. "It's about her breaking free of the Joker and becoming this fully actualised, independent person," he said. "That really is a metaphor for everyone's journey here."
Smith has also providing some insight as to how his character ended up on the wrong side of the law. "As the movie opens, he has a really big career score," he said. "He's looking to turn over a new leaf with his daughter after the hit, but it goes wrong. It goes terribly, terribly wrong. And it lands him in Belle Reve for life."
The film, which also stars Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Ben Affleck, will reach both UK and US cinemas on 5 August 2016. It centres on a number of imprisoned supervillains, rather than the typical heroes, who are forced to carry out Black Ops tasks for a corrupt government agency in exchange for less severe jail sentences.