For probably one of the most popular Comic Book characters in existence,
Harley Quinn has only been around for the last 25 years.
hard to believe
I’m not one of those super hardcore Harley Quinn fans,
but I am a fan.
Which all stems from her tragic backstory.
I know some people prefer her new 52s backstory,
in which it was really her choice to turn evil,
but I prefer her original non suicide squad backstory.
Harley Quinn made her debut in a September 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series entitled, Joker’s Favor. But her origin wasn’t explored until the 1994 graphic novel, The Batman Adventures: Mad Love.
Known as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, she was the Joker’s Psychiatrist but it was he who was pulling the strings. Her heartstrings to be precise, and it wasn’t long before he had her head over heels in love with him. Personally, what draws me to Harley is how human she is. You know she’s smart and talented, she’s a Doctor and skilled Gymnast, after all. But even though there are millions of red flags she continues to go back to the Joker.
This is one of the many reasons Batman’s Rogue Gallery is the Best Rogue Gallery. Each one of them is multidimensional villain with layers beyond pure evilness. Even the Joker’s motives are consistent with her persona. He loves chaos and watching the world burn.
Back to Harley,
I’m not a fan of her new 52 costumes where her goal seems to show as much skin as possible. I get that in comics it’s all about sex appeal, but I prefer Catwoman’s skin-tight leather suit or Poison Ivy’s bodice.
I like to think of her and Joker’s relationship to not be so sexually based as it is mental mind f***. Both parties are damaged and my interpretation of the Joker is that he is too busy causing chaos and destruction then actually allowing himself to feel pleasure.
One of my favorite plot lines for Harley came when she teamed up with Poison Ivy. It’s a real Girl Power duo. And I like how Ivy tries to help Harley, Including injecting Harley with a serum to give her strength, speed and immunity to certain poisons.
Harley Quinn came out of Joker’s ego.
In her first appearance, it was the Joker who was going to disguise himself as a female model, but writers considered this to be beneath the Joker and so Harley was born.
While in character, Jared Leto sent gifts to his costars on Suicide Squad.
He sent Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) a live rat. Which she kept as a pet and named, “Rat-Rat”.
Remember the scene from the trailers, where Harley Quinn smashes the window and takes the purse? The shirt in the window is in Latin, “SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM” which means, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”
Thank you for Reading!
See you Tomorrow