“Harley Quinn and Comic Book Villainy’s Double Standard”

“He’s crazy, she’s crazy, and, almost as an afterthought, they’re all the “Worst Heroes Ever”: Warner Bros.’ long-awaited “Suicide Squad” movie opens in less than two weeks, and if the trailers are any indication, it devotes a significant amount of screen time to The Joker and Harley Quinn.

But while Jared Leto has done a great job of convincing us he can follow in Heath Ledger‘s footsteps, all eyes are on Margot Robbie.

It’s not simply because she seems to wear sparkly underpants for the majority of the film, either. It’s because her character Harley Quinn has become wildly popular in recent years. Bolstered in no small part by “Batman: The Animated Series” nostalgia and video game cameos, Harley has wrangled her own solo comic, a couple of team-up series and a new gang, not to mention a hefty chunk of floor space at Hot Topic. With her cinematic debut just around the corner, she’s becoming one of the most highly recognizable female villains in fiction.

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