"Gee what relations doesn't have its ups and downs?" but not even Mr. and Mrs. Smith compares to the dangerous, dysfunctionality that the Joker and Harley Quinn's relationship exudes. As many of us know, Warner Bros will push forward with the villainous couple giving them a love story that some fans think may be a really, really bad idea.
- Margot Robbie Says The Harley Quinn & Joker Movie Is A "Love Story" —And That's Really, Really Bad News
In some ways they are right, after all the Joker is a "sadistic, torturing murderer," but he loves himself some Harley. In fact, Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn in the #DCEU described The Joker and Harley Quinn's relationship as "romantic in a messed up way". While the two #Batman rogues may very well get along at times, unfortunately when times are bad its Harley who bears the brunt of his frustration. That abuse is what makes their relationship less romantic and more tragic ─ which is why Margot Robbie was right with her latest comments. According to Batman News, the Suicide Squad actress said that Joker and Harley must "end in flames."
"Their love story has to end in flames, it just wouldn't be right."
There's no denying that Harley and Joker share a bond that will forever resonate with fans, however their breakup is even more epic. Should the #DCEU decide to take Robbie's words into consideration 'Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories' should serve as the blueprint for #TheJokerandHarleyQuinn.
'Mad Love' Gives Harley A Story of Her Own
From the time she was introduced in 1992 's Batman: The Animated Series 'Jokers Favors' ─ Harley has been known to many fans as Joker's girl. However, in the episode Harley and Ivy fans, myself included were given a different depiction and appreciation of the sympathetic villain. That episode essentially launched Harley into mainstream stardum as it served as inspiration the behind the 1994 graphic novel The Batman Adventures: Mad Love. Though the two stories vaguely differ the complexion of them are identical with mad love Mad Love truly gives Harley her story ─ while also examining the dynamic of Harley and Joker's relationship.
Mad Love gives the DCEU an opportunity to delve deeper into a part of Harley Suicide Squad touched on. Part of the #SuicideSquad explored Harley's beginnings as Harleen Quinzel, the soon to be mental health physician. The gymnastic background is missing, but like in Mad Love ─ she goes on to work as Joker's pseudo psychiatrist where she falls in love for him. As the story goes, she'd eventually aid in his escape and join him as more than just a member of his crew. However, Mad Love tells a sad tale of the darker side to being with Joker.
Harley was battered mentally and physically on countless occasions with the physically abuse nearly costing her, her life. Ironically it would be Joker's sadistic, abusive act of comedic torture that would set her free. Joker had enough of her disrespect, so he tied Harley to a rocket and sent her crash landing in Robinson Park ─ essentially leaving her to die. However, it would be another Batman villain who would not only nurse her to health, but opt to help Harley discover what it means to be independent.
A Way to Give Harley Salvation, and Introduce Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy plays a pivotal role in helping Harley reinvent herself post Joker, first in Batman: The Animated Series, and again though more in depth ─ in 1999's Batman: Harley Quinn (part of the Other Stories). In both stories Harley would rely on Ivy in her time of loneliness. Although Ivy is a villain she's complex, as evident when she opts to nurse Harley back to health in Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories. When Harley awakes, Ivy initially plans to kill her ─ but Harley's history of abuse is something that Poison Ivy can relate to. After this revaluation, not only does #PoisonIvy spare Harley, but she gives Harley a potion that grants her superhuman abilities giving her fighting chance against Batman, but most importantly the Joker.
Mad Love would make Joker/Harley's movie less Bonnie and Clyde, and more Thelma and Louise, with a twist since Harley and Ivy's bond was forged on the back of Joker's abuse. Under Ivy's guidance Harley would come to realize her full potential and understanding her self-worth. With Ivy's help, Harley was able to trap Batman, and thwart Joker's plan ─ giving her reinvigorating moment of closure. Should Joker and Harley Quinn include Ivy, it would be inspirational, empowering, and it could lead into something fans have been hoping to see.
A Direct Lead Up to 'Gotham City Sirens'
Many fans hoping that WB would fast track give us a female superhero team up film has had their hearts crushed by the Harley Quinn/Joker news. I, like many of you shared the feeling that the DCEU has given us the preverbal middle finger when pushed forward with The Joker and Harley Quinn. However, if Mad Love is adapted then it's a perfect set up for Gotham City Sirens. As a matter of fact, the way the Sirens are formed correlates with Harley and Joker's breakup, Ivy, and the entire Mad Love story arch.
Harley Quinn, at one point lives with Ivy who has put Riddler under her spell and taken over his hideout as her new home. Like with Harley, its Poison Ivy who comes the rescue of Catwoman who has been left for dead after going toe to toe with Boneblaster. Ivy escorts Catwoman to her new hideout, where a mindless Riddler sat being playfully tortured by Harley. Together the trio would successfully beat Boneblaster, and later on officially become the protectors of Gotham, known as the #GothamCitySirens. You're welcome #WB
The #DCEU deciding to role with Joker/Harley Quinn may not be that bad, if they go with Mad Love. Based on Margot Robbie's comments, and the obvious dysfunctional relationship that is Harley and Joker, Mad Love is the movie we need to see. I'd even for as far as to say that adopting Mad Love would do more for Harley than any other story.
The essence of Harley Quinn's character is based on her emancipation from the Joker, which is exactly what The Joker and Harley Quinn movie can and should achieve. The movie may very well touch on the bond Harley shares with the Clown Prince, but like Robbie alluded to, somewhere in the mix their love has to end. Harley needs her own journey, and Mad Love gives her that although it involves Poison Ivy. Still, the important aspect is Harley's discover that while she may want the Joker ─ she sure as hell doesn't NEED him. That's the only way Mad Love is the way to go, but there has to be a twist... she cannot fall back in love with him.
What do you guys think? Should The Joker and Harley Quinn adopt Mad Love?