In celebration of Harley Quinn being The Geek, Simple’s Woman Crush Wednesday, here’s a post littered with facts about our favourite clown princess of crime:
1: Harley Quinn did not originate in the DC comic canon
This may not come as a surprise, but Harley Quinn was not originally part of the DC villain line up. While The Joker, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, to name a few, were established in the DC Comic canon from the 1940s onwards, Harley was nowhere to be seen.
Instead, Harley was first seen in 1992 in Batman: The Animated Series and was meant to be a one off character – as a henchwoman during one of The Joker’s criminal capers. But audiences loved her quirkiness and strong Brooklyn accent that she remained as a recurring character – hooray for Harley!
2: Harley’s back story came much later than her inception
Because Harley wasn’t originally intended for comic book infamy, or indeed, longevity, there was no need to provide a backstory. However, with her increasing popularity, a backstory became pertinent; so, Paul Dini took it upon himself to create Harley Quinn’s backstory in the form of The Batman Adventures: Mad Love.
Harleys’ original backstory, thus, sees her as initially as the promising psychiatrist, Ms. Harleen Quinzel, who was given the task of treating The Joker at Arkham Asylum. Harleen quickly falls in love with The Joker and falls prey to his manipulations of her affection, pretty quickly doing his bidding for him.
3. Harley was already supposed to be a live action movie villain
The Batman revivals in the 1990s were supposed to have greater longevity than it did, the final nail in the coffin being 1997’s Batman and Robin (I’m sure there’s no need to go into details there…). Because the movie did so badly, director Joel Schumacher was fired and what was supposed to be a sequel to the original was forgotten and never allowed to come to fruition.
This movie would have seen Harley Quinn and The Scarecrow playing the main antagonists, with Madonna rumoured to play Harley. I’d say that was a lucky escape…
4. Harley is fundamentally good
There are a lot of theories that surround why Harley sometimes plays for the good guys, other than being fundamentally good person. One of them being is that her evil streak comes from Mistah J’s perpetual manipulation of her affections blurring the lines between what is good/right and what makes The Joker happy.
In Batman: The Animated Series, our hero helps Harley meet her parole and sees her released, upon realising that Harley is a good person, ready to give up her life of crime.
In Gotham City Sirens, she shared an apartment with both Catwoman and Poison Ivy: her relationship with Poison Ivy – while rumoured not to be entirely platonic – is essentially, the ultimate female squad goal (can’t think of any of my friends who’d give me a serum to make me immune to toxins…), and let’s not forget how adorably sweet and tender she was with Black Canary upon discovering she was pregnant with Green Arrow’s baby… Okay, she may have gifted her a muzzle when she visited her in hospital, but at least there was a good reason.
5: Harley loves Wonder Woman
In Harley’s Little Black Book #1, it’s discovered that Harley has been harbouring some serious love for Wonder Woman ever since she was a little girl and was bullied at school. Not only does she use Wonder Woman’s inspiration to kick the crap out of her bullies, she eventually reveals her secret shrine to Wonder Woman concealed at the back of her wardrobe. While this is incredibly adorable, she then uses her love of Wonder Woman to travel to London to save the Amazonian princess from danger, in what ultimately is a very funny and adorable comic.
There we have it, five facts about this week’s Woman Crush. Tune in next week!