It’s the film on everyone’s lips this week: Suicide Squad is finally out. I don’t know about you but it seems we’ve been waiting an age for this day and the anticipation has been palpable for months (I dressed up as a Margot Robbie-style Harley Quinn ten months ago for Halloween, and saw five other girls out in similar costumes that night!) So, in celebration of this latest comic book incarnation, we thought we’d try and translate some of the vamped up styles that the crazed characters in the film have become famous for into every day wardrobe looks.
Deadshot, played in Suicide Squad by Hollywood legend Will Smith, is highly skilled marksman and assassin for hire who has little regard for human life, whether it be his own or others, making him a formidable and ruthless killer. While Deadshot acts as a mercenary through his role in the Suicide Squad, he’s also a father trying to do the best he can for his daughter, and is conflicted by how much he enjoys his criminal job: killing. Deadshot is a fairly unknown character to the general population as, in the words of Will Smith, “It’s a character that hasn’t really been explored in cinema. I get to design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema.”
Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D. was a psychiatrist working at Arkham Asylum in the Batman universe, who falls for the Joker and subsequently becomes his accomplice, going by Harley Quinn. This incarnation of the character, portrayed by Margot Robbie, takes a massive departure from the style in which that Harley Quinn has previously been portrayed, and much like Leto’s Joker has received mixed reviews. As I said though, even last Halloween there were girls dressing up as Robbie’s Harley Quinn, so it’s clearly become a distinctive comic book look already.
The Joker is an iconic character, and arguably as well known now as his archenemy Batman, with his purple and green regalia instantly recognisable. He has consistently been portrayed as insane, doing things that, in Batman’s own words, ‘make sense to him alone’, finding humour in committing diabolical crimes with seemingly no aim other than to destroy. Jared Leto’s Joker has received mixed reviews since the original imagery for Suicide Squad was released, with influences for the character’s style and appearance taken from Mexican cartel bosses and gangster culture, with Leto sporting gold grills, signet rings and facial tattoos (as well as everywhere else).
Katana is a high proficient swordswoman and hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained in martial arts from an early age and is played in the film by Karen Fukuhara. Unlike many other characters in Suicide Squad, Katana is not, in fact, a villain, and acts more as a bodyguard to Rick Flag, the field leader of the squad (also not a villain). Flag states in the film, “She’s got my back. I’d advise not getting killed by her – her sword traps the souls of its victims”, referring to her sword ‘Soultaker’. The blade captures the souls of Katana’s victims, allowing her to later communicate with them.
Will you be taking some insane inspiration from Suicide Squad this weekend?