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The most noticeable is that Harley no longer has a “rotten” tattoo plastered on one side of her face.
Gunn told a fan during an Instagram Q&A session in June, via Screenrant, the tattoo was removed after he learned Margot Robbie, who has played the role three times now, wasn’t a fan of it. Gunn didn’t like it either.
“Margot didn’t like it and found out I also didn’t like it so we decided just to remove it,” Gunn said on Instagram.
According to the film’s production notes, it’s the only one of Harley’s many tattoos to be removed.
Its removal is never addressed in the film. Even though “The Suicide Squad” is considered a standalone film in the DC extended universe, it allows fans to consider that Harley’s character growth empowered her to have the tat removed as she no longer views herself in that way.
It’s not the only tattoo that was changed.
Fans will also notice later in the film that Harley’s “Property of Joker” tattoo now reads, “Property of No One.”
Just about anything related to Harley’s abusive relationship with the Joker has been scrubbed to show that she has moved on and is no longer lovesick over the Clown Prince of Crime.
“Property of Joker” was also written on the back of Harley’s jacket in 2016’s “Suicide Squad.”
Here, Gunn came up with a new phrase for the back of Harley’s new jacket. It reads, “Live Fast. Die Clown.”
Gunn shared on Instagram that he came up with a few options for the new text, including “World’s Greatest Grandpa” and “Clown AF.”
Gunn asked to make one more change to Harley in ‘The Suicide Squad’
According to the film’s production notes, Gunn also asked to do away with Harley’s ridiculously revealing booty shorts from 2016’s “Suicide Squad” because they weren’t practical in a war scene.
“The first thing James said to me was, ‘I want to do the Harley from the comic. I want what the fans want, the red and black—I even want the hair red and black. And I don’t want the shorts anymore because she’s going into battle,'” said costume designer Judianna Makovsky in press notes.
Instead, Harley wears a fitted battle look inspired by various comic looks to show her character’s evolution.
The tattoo adjustments and costume revisions are the small ways in which Harley’s treated with more respect in “The Suicide Squad.”
The film is currently in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. You can read our review here.
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