Batman: Harley Quinn
If you haven't seen Suicide Squad then you are lucky because your weekend wasn't ruined. This poorly cut film is the latest from WB/DC and it struggles mightily. Sub-par CGI, a mediocre soundtrack and questionable writing left me wishing I had paid to see Jason Bourne instead, a franchise also devoid of substance. And while Cara Delevingne’s subtle dancing kept my eyes on the screen, this humorless dud couldn't even be saved by decent performances from Robbie, Smith and Davis. Its inclusion of the Joker felt out of place and frankly unnecessary. Oh and that ending! Sadly we have seen it all before.
As for comic speculators who have spent months upon months obsessing over connected comics and first appearances all I have to say is I hope you made your money and got out cause if you are holding copies of Slipknot's first appearance you are screwed. And while BA 12 will still remain a blue chip book, I'm sure some of Harley Quinn's other keys could see a dip especially her Suicide Squad books. There is one other major exception though.
One of the most disappointing things about the film was Harley's look. I'm sure the execs at Warner sat in a room with Ayers demanding no one put Robbie in a clown suit. So instead they put her in hot pants, and had scores of men drool as she manhandled the long bat. The feminists are sure going to love that. All this left me yearning for the true HQ not just in acting ( Robbie was great ) but in appearance as well. Thankfully, through an electrified induced, clairvoyant, flash forward, Harley Quinn was born and not only is she wearing the costume that made her famous but she's dancing with Puddin'. That one, all too brief scene ended up being a cinematic cover rip from a DC masterpiece.
The already pricey Batman: Harley Quinn 1999 one-shot is an expensive publication but it’s worth the price. When you mix an iconic cover with a first in-continuity appearance and the character happens to be the most popular female comic property today, then you really do have a solid collectible.
***Editor comment: Please note this is Topher's personal opinion of the movie and should be construed as such – there are others here who liked the movie, but Topher beat us to writing a review. As always, please take any spec advice with caution and remember that due research is always advised before making any decisions – Khoi Cakes