A lot of people think Paul Dini and Bruce Timm should be running the DC Movieverse. They're not, and whats' more, they seem to have just about as much info about what's going on in there as we do. In fact Bruce Timm only saw the first picture of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad at the same time we did.
Timm is one of the character's co-creators, introducing her on Batman: The Animated Series 20+ years ago. Now that she's finally making the leap to live action, io8 asked him about her cinematic look. He said:
I just saw the pic like a couple hours ago. It was interesting. I was frankly a little nervous about what Harley would look like, but I thought she looked really cool. So I’m optimistic, we see.
He of course means he was nervous in the aftermath of that atrocious Joker image reveal.
So they got the look right for Timm. What does he want to see reflected in her character in the movie?
It’s funny, because she started off as just like a one joke idea and she’s gained all these different dimensions from all the stories we did, and the stuff that happens in the comics. I think bottom line the most important thing about her is that she’s funny. One way or the other regardless of what her backstory is, or whether she’s in an abusive relationship with the Joker, or if she’s off on her own, or hanging out with Poison Ivy, or whether she’s a villain or a hero. I think bottomline her stories always have to be fun, if not flat out hilarious (but that would be even better). That’s one of the things I like about the current comic. They understand that, they’re not treating her as another angsty bizarre superhero type character. She’s really weird and funny and kind of chaotic.
I think the photo - and the leaked set pics we won't print here because we hate getting sued - indicates that the movie Harley will be funny/fun. I'm pretty excited for Suicide Squad, which looks to be real weird shit, unlike anything else that DC has had the cojones to put onscreen.