The real-life inspiration for Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad look

Harley Quinn’s look was heavily influenced by a rock legend.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
Madness takes hold Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Image Picture Warner Bros

Margot Robbie drew inspiration from real life and the world of rock ‘n’ roll when formulating the look for Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.

Despite garnering mixed reviews, the DC Comics blockbuster fared well at the box office with Robbie’s performance garnering a positive response from the critics.

One subject of intense debate among fans of all things movies and Margot were the striking outfits sported by the 26-year-old in the finished film.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
Batter up! Margot Robbie as everyone's favourite comic book character. Image Picture Warner Bros

South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord previously spoke out against director David Ayer, claiming he stole much of the look of Suicide Squad from their own imitable style.

However, it would appear that the look for Harley Quinn was influenced by a very different source – Debbie Harry.

Speaking on 2DAY FM’s Rove and Sam radio show, Robbie revealed the intense process that went into picking out all of Harley’s outfits for the film and how one striking picture of the Blondie singer aided them along the way.

“I tried on like 100 different variations of the costume but when I saw a picture of – we found this picture of Debbie Harry – and I was like, ‘That’s it, that is dope,’” she told the show.

Debbie Harry and Margot Robbie side by side.
Spot the difference The inspiration for Harley Quinn. Image Reddit

Rock and roll has had a surprising level of influence on the world of comic book adaptations.

Heath Ledger previously cited Tom Waits as a major influence in the development of his version of The Joker while Jared Leto mentioned the late David Bowie as someone he had in mind when forging his own edition of the character.

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