What Exactly Are Harley Quinn’s Abilities In ‘Suicide Squad’ — Apart From Being Crazy?

Between , multiple trailers, and to go with the soundtrack, saying that the Suicide Squad marketing team have been going all out still feels like an understatement. Promotion for Warner Bros.’ second installment of the DC Cinematic Universe is actually picking up intensity as we near the release of the movie on August 5.

Just yesterday, Warner released a series of , keeping in line with the colorful, playful vibe of the movie visuals. Director David Ayer also shared a new movie poster channelling the comic book origins of the story via his Twitter.

Basically, there’s little to no excuse to say you don’t know what Suicide Squad is. But as far as the plot goes, even though we can speculate until August about which comic book storylines are going to make it into the movie, we don’t know for sure which version of the characters we’re going to get.

Seeing the characters lined up in a series of individual posters also makes you realize that while some of them actually have out-of-this-world superpowers — I’m thinking turning into a crocodile, or capturing souls with your sword — others, like Harley Quinn, aren’t exactly flying around with a cape. So which powers does she have, if any, and how can she keep up with the rest of the Task Force X?

1. Fighting Skills

Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’ / Warner Bros.

The first thing you’ll notice about Robbie’s Harley Quinn in the trailers is that she’s nimble and fast — looks like all that hanging upside down in her cage has paid off in terms of flexibility. In the comics, Harley Quinn is extremely agile thanks to ballet lessons when she was younger. She can also jump high and pack quite a punch with her legs, so her acrobatics coupled to her speed make her a valuable fighter.

2. Weapons

Harley Quinn in 'Suicide Squad' / Warner Bros.

Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’ / Warner Bros.

Just like her former jester costume and her bicolored hair, Harley Quinn’s weapons are a trademark of hers. The most recognizable one is her dear mallet, but she also owns a killer pistol with a cork, and is shown quite often with her baseball bat in the upcoming movie. The unusualness of this equipment contributes to its efficiency, because it can take a lot of her adversaries by surprise.

3. Costumes

Harley Quinn in 'Suicide Squad' / Warner Bros.
Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’ / Warner Bros.

Most superheroes make a big deal of their outfit, and Harley Quinn is no exception. She inspired by the traditional Harlequin before moving on to slightly skimpier sartorial choices, but whatever the amount of skin showing, she’s always carefully picking what she’s putting on her shoulders.

Harley Quinn as a stewardess / DC Comics
Harley Quinn as a stewardess / DC Comics

That also makes her a master of disguise, a technique she has frequently used throughout the comics to sneak into places she’s not allowed to enter.

4. Healing Abilities

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy / DC Comics

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy / DC Comics

The most superhero-esque of Harley Quinn’s abilities is her healing factor. She gained it thanks to a potion given to her by Poison Ivy, whom she entertains with. The remedy also increased her agility and speed, and made her immune to poison and toxins.

5. Psychoanalytic Skills

Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’ / Warner Bros.

Most importantly, though, Harley Quinn was a talented psychiatrist before joining the ranks of the Suicide Squad. And , that gives her a serious advantage when it comes to messing with people’s heads.

“She’s definitely one of the more unpredictable members of the squad. She also used to be a psychiatrist so she has an extensive knowledge of mental illnesses and how to manipulate people — I’m sorry, well, she has a lot of knowledge on how to profile people, pick their triggers, and as Harley Quinn she kind of utilizes that to just manipulate people and mess with them. And she definitely does that with the squad. She’s always picking someone to be dissecting and playing off and messing with.”

Combine all of that, and Harley Quinn’s humanity doesn’t seem too weak after all!

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