I always love Characters with Controversy. In recent history, I can think of no other to create such a stir. When it comes to Harley Quinn, you either love her or…love her, but hate certain interpretations. All I can say in response to that is everyone has their story. You may not like some chapters, but they’re essential in telling the tale.
Created by Paul Dini (whom I adore), Harley Quinn debuted back in 1992 on Batman The Animated Series. She started off as an interesting, but temporary sidekick to the Joker, but quickly burrowed her way into our hearts and made her place permanent. Over the years, her story was expanded and explored, which for many fans has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
When Suicide Squad was announced and the first images of Harley began to hit the web, reactions were mixed, with many feeling like she was over sexualized. I personally never felt that way. I look at her style as one of many disarming weapons she possesses. She seems sweet, crazy and aloof, but most forget that she was a clinical psychologist. She has the ability to use your perception against you, which is why she’s so formidable.
This film version, I think I love the most. She’s no sidekick, she’s an equal with the Joker. Though in the past, the Joker has always been portrayed as toying with Harley, even being abusive to her, but this version veered away from that path and made Joker in love with someone who may possibly be crazier than he is. It makes you wonder, who’s manipulating who? For someone like Joker to risk his own neck for someone else, it’s gotta be real.
They also made Harley incredibly independent. She’s a legitimate badass and can handle anything that’s thrown her way. Again, she’s deceptively unassuming.