Harley Quinn's beach uniform in The Suicide Squad was inspired by her Injustice 2 outfit

Harley Quinn as she appears in Injustice 2 and The Suicide Squad
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James Gunn, director of The Suicide Squad (as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Super, and Slither), recently shared some concept art for Harley Quinn's outfits in the movie (opens in new tab). As well as two versions of her pageant dress, there's an early concept for the red-and-black uniform Margot Robbie wears as Quinn during the movie's opening Corto Maltese beach sequence (and in most of the movie's marketing). 

"The beach uniform was inspired by her outfit in the Injustice 2 video game", Gunn wrote, to which the game's creative director and team lead Ed Boon replied (opens in new tab), "Thanks for the shout out."

After debuting in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, Harley Quinn made the jump to comics and subsequently videogames and movies, becoming more independent of her origin as the Joker's perky minion/girlfriend and losing her harlequin costume in favor of multiple outfits of varying ridiculousness. The alternate DC universe of the Injustice games cast Quinn as a member of the Insurgency, fighting a regime led by an evil version of Superman, and gave her a red-and-black uniform like the one she wears, albeit briefly, in The Suicide Squad.

The GeForce Now database leak included a listing for Injustice 3: Gods Will Fall, and though Nvidia declared it was a list of purely "speculative" games, rumours of a third Injustice have nevertheless been doing the rounds. One includes a list of characters (opens in new tab), including John Constantine, Metallo, Red Tornado, and Nekron alongside returning characters like Harley Quinn, with He-Man as DLC. The leak claims it will be announced at The Game Awards, with a May 2022 release date.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.