DC Easter Eggs That Weren’t Discovered Until Long After The Movie Was Released
In 2020’s “Birds of Prey,” Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) attacks a police station to rescue Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), doing so zealously using glitter bombs, colored smoke grenades, and a rocket launcher. beanbags…or Does she? Fans were quick to speculate that the attack wasn’t as non-lethal as suggested. Since Harley is mentally unstable, it would make sense for her to alter the truth in her storytelling. There is also a small red area on the shirt she wears during the scene that looks especially like blood.
Then in 2021’s “The Suicide Squad,” a scene where Harley single-handedly escapes from her captors in Corto Maltese, the film changes to show things from Harley’s perspective, adding explosions of flowers, squiggles of video games and an animated bird amid the bloodshed. Not only do these scenes have thematic similarity, but the producers of “The Suicide Squad” explained to ScreenRant that they called this creative technique Harley Vision and it is considered a character superpower.
The producers claimed its use in the 2021 film was a first in the shared universe, meaning “Birds of Prey” doesn’t have an official Harley Vision. However, it did not stop fans to claim it as such online. The similarities are hard to deny, and the rare use of such staging juxtaposed with the other R-rated violence in each film makes a strong case for DC informally testing the technique before giving it a name.