I don’t know about you, but I was completely sold on Suicide Squad after I saw that Comic-Con trailer! It looks like director David Ayer is making a freakin’ badass flick! As I’ve watched the trailer over and over again, I noticed that it basically lays out the origin of Harley Quinn. I've been obsessed with this character since she was first introduced in Batman: The Animated Series, so I'm always looking out for stuff.
Before Harley Quinn was Harley Quinn, she was a psychiatrist named Dr. Harleen Quinzel, who was assigned to Arkham Asylum. It is there she comes in contact with The Joker and treats him. Joker used her obsession with crazy people to warp her mind and take advantage of her, eventually turning her into his right-hand bad girl.
It seems like Ayer has taken the basic concept of this and made it a little more jacked-up. It's a lot darker and more hardcore. The following is only speculation on my part, but the pieces seem to fit.
The Suicide Squad trailer features Margot Robbie as Dr. Harley Quinzel, and we are given little bits of information on how her transformation into Harley Quinn came about.
In the trailer, we see The Joker raiding some kind of lab with a bunch of henchmen wearing masks.
We then see these guys start shooting up the place. One of them is even wearing a Batman mask, which I thought was great!
Near the start of the trailer, we see a scene involving similar-looking thugs in masks shooting up a backroom and attacking a woman in a doctors coat with blonde hair and glasses. This is most likely Robbie as Dr. Quinzel.
Later on we see an incredibly terrified Quinzel strapped down on a gurney with the brown straps. One of them is even being used to gag her mouth. The Joker walks in shirtless now, and you can see one of his tatted up arms and hand caressing her face.
That scene can then be connected to the final moment with the Joker's big reveal at the end of the trailer. It looks to me like he’s in the same location, and that’s not a jump rope he’s holding! It looks to me like he’s getting ready to give Quinzel a harsh dose of electroshock therepy.
This is just a little taste of what Quinzel went through in her transformation into Harley Quinn. The Joker fulfills his promise to hurt her "really, really bad" by turning her into the mentally traumatized and insane Harley Quinn.
The final result...
Again, this is all just speculation on my part. I could be wrong, but it looks right to me.
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