The reviews for Suicide Squad, DC Comics' summer ensemble blockbuster, are in. And, disappointingly, they are not good.
But one mystery remains unsolved: were Harley Quinn's (Margot Robbie) tiny sequinned hot pants photoshopped to look smaller for different trailers around the world?
Viewers first picked up on the former psychiatrist's shrinking shorts after a new trailer for Suicide Squad was released at Comic Con over the weekend.
Pop culture website Bleeding Cool even made a video comparing an earlier trailer with the more recently released one, and it would appear that there is more of Harley, or Robbie, on show in the latter.
Now Robbie has given her take on the changing shape of her costume. In an interview with Australian media company Nova969, Robbie denied any knowledge of photoshopping but admitted that the sequined shorts did feel rather small.
“I didn’t know about that,” the 26-year-old said of any post-production being done.
“Having been there on the day, they were very small – but wow, I wonder if they did?” she added. “That would be extensive Photoshopping to do.”
Speaking about her costume to The New York Times before the film's release, Robbie said that Harley Quinn would wear hot pants “because they’re sparkly and fun”, rather than because “she wanted guys to look at her ass.”
Robbie, however, was not a fan: “As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt, it’s so clingy and you’re self-conscious about it.”
When Suicide Squad director David Ayers was questioned about the lack of clothing the female characters in his film wore in comparison to the male ones, he said it was inspired by “the aesthetic of comic books”.
He said at a panel: “You have these hyper-masculine men and you have these very feminine women. I don’t think that it’s a contradiction to say that a woman can be traditionally attractive and feminine and very strong and a very tight dame, very aggressive.”