The mystery of Harley Quinn’s disappearing ink in “The Suicide Squad” was actually cleared up by James Gunn himself in an Instagram Q&A. The director regularly answers fan inquiries via the social platform, and sure enough, one of them asked why Harley’s “ROTTEN” tattoo had suddenly disappeared. Gunn didn’t hesitate to spill the beans, answering bluntly, “Margot didn’t like it and found out I also didn’t like [it], so we decided just to remove it.” Gunn promptly added he had no intention of addressing its absence in “The Suicide Squad.”
So it seems there’s no grand drama about Harley’s missing tattoo, and it was removed purely because neither actor nor director particularly cared for it. As Robbie herself apparently didn’t dig it, it is sort of odd that the ink is only disappearing now instead of in “Birds of Prey,” as the actor was a key creative force behind that film, even producing the project herself. Nonetheless, the tattoo will clearly not be missed by Robbie this time around. As it is, there are likely a few Harley fans out there who also feel that it sort of felt like overkill, much like the “Damaged” tattoo Jared Leto’s Joker sported in “Suicide Squad.”
Tattoo or not, fans will no doubt be overjoyed to see Margot Robbie back in action as Harley Quinn when “The Suicide Squad” hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6.