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Fans on their expectations from Lady Gaga's performance as Harley Quinn in new Joker film

Updated on: 20 April,2024 09:05 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Shriram Iyengar |

With the fandom tripping over Lady Gaga’s take on the iconic Harley Quinn in Todd Phillip’s Joker: Folie à Deux trailer, we reach out to fans for their expectations from her performance, plus a checklist of hotspots to get your Joker/Harley fix from

Fans on their expectations from Lady Gaga's performance as Harley Quinn in new Joker film

Lady Gaga will make her debut as Harley Quinn with the film that is expected to release in October

A more real take

Vikramjit Kundu, 29, musician and PR professional

I  wait for this film. As a musician, the fact that the film is a musical adds another dimension to these characters. I feel that the way Margot 
Robbie portrayed Harley is flashy and comic-book style. It is a personal choice, but it lacked a certain depth for me. I love the fact that this film explores the relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn better. At least, it promises to. Gaga’s character is more mature and layered. I loved Robbie’s Harley Quinn. She was fun, and quirky, but I prefer the darker version.

Vikramjit Kundu, 29, musician and PR professional

Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. Pics Courtesy/YouTubeLady Gaga as Harley Quinn. Pics Courtesy/YouTube

Not canon, but to each their own

Kush Shastri, 33, writer

The pace and tone of the film is in line with [director] Tod Phillips’ previous work, and Lady Gaga always comes up with something different. I prefer the original canon Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series in the 90s, but you cannot always get that. As long as the film sticks to the original characteristics of Quinn, and the chemistry of the two characters, it should work. Even the Joker has undergone so many iterations — from Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger, and now to Joaquin Phoenix. None of them were traditional depictions. In fact, Robbie comes close to it, but she wouldn’t have fit the tone of this universe. Then again, if you are fixated on a depiction of a character, nothing will ever please you. So, we need to watch the full movie before we comment.

Kush Shastri, 33, writer

Harley Quinn as seen in the animated series. Pic Courtesy/Wikimedia CommonsHarley Quinn as seen in the animated series. Pic Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons

The lady is serious

Aaryan  Deshpande, 27, actor

What interests me is that in previous renditions, Harley Quinn is a doctor. Not in this one. I think it also has to do with how the director approaches the film. As a comparison, Margot Robbie was in a film with a heightened tone, and she was excellent. But Lady Gaga is a serious actor, too. I am excited to see her approach, because [Todd] Phillips is looking at the characters through realism. The challenge with such extreme characters is that they are either right, or wrong. To me, Robbie’s performance as Harley is a sequel to this character. Gaga is in the process of becoming the deranged 
Harley Quinn.

Aaryan Deshpande, 27, actor

Margot Robbie as Harley QuinnMargot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Right amount of crazy

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

I saw the trailer, and it speaks a lot on what to expect. Phoenix has been a game changer in the portrayal of the classic Joker. Harley [Quinn] being there completes the whole picture of this perfect anarchist love story. I like the fact that it showcases two antagonists falling in love, instead of the good guys. I love the iconic moment of both of them dancing on the stairs. That is really cool. I have loved Lady Gaga’s acting, screen presence and performances. She was fantastic in House of Gucci. She has the right amount of crazy in her eyes to pull the character off. While I love Margot Robbie’s take in Suicide Squad (2016), I think Gaga has a much more psychotic and cerebral approach to it. It is about time that we get some really serious superhero movies not based on one-liners; with a much more dramatic tone than the summer blockbuster format.

Santanu Hazarika, 32, artist 


Here’s where you can get your merchandise:

Harley Quinn mug

. Harley Quinn mug
Get your daily dose of coffee in a special mug paying tribute to the Queen of Crime.
AT The Superhero Toy Store, Gala 136, Mittal Industrial Estate, Andheri East. LOG ON TO 
COST Rs 249

Joker and Harley Quinn keychains

. Joker and Harley Quinn keychains
If you are looking to sport some DC merchandise on your keys, these might catch your eye.
COST Rs 249

Joker Smile art print

. Joker Smile art print
If you are a fan of art, this is just the poster to light up your corner of the house.
AT Nerd Arena, Elco Arcade, Hill Road, Bandra West.
CALL 9920442245 
COST Rs 399

. Joker T-shirts
Show off your swag with this graffiti-inspired take on the Clown Prince of Crime. 
COST Rs 899

. Joker bobble head
Nothing adds more fun to a drive through the city roads than a bobblehead of your favourite villain for company.
AT Shasthas, Nexus Seawoods Mall, Navi Mumbai. 
COST Rs 399 

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