On July 13, 2015 the Suicide Squad trailer was released and by the look of it, the movie seemed dark and dangerous. The trailer ended with Joker’s (Jared Leto) dialogue, ” I am not gonna kill you. I just want to hurt you, really, really bad.” (it was Harley who he was talking to) and by just looking at him, I was all excited and began my wait for the movie.
However, it was nothing as I expected it to be. It was fun, not that dark and Joker, the character who I thought was going to dominate the movie, had very less screen time. Still, no doubt, I enjoyed the movie and found my new favorites- Joker and Harley Quinn.
In the movie the Suicide Squad, we saw the twisted love of Joker and Harley (the king and the queen). So, who is Harley and why Joker wanted to hurt her?
The Joker and Harley Quinn have been making headlines ever since Harley first appeared in the DC universe in 1992. Before then, the Joker was pretty much a lone act, barring a few short-lived team-ups from time to time. But as they say, there’s someone out there for everyone, even for psychopathic clown crime lords.
Many people would be surprised to learn that the origin of Harley Quinn was not in the comics, but rather in the cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series. She first made her appearance in an episode titled Joker’s Favor. Since then, she has served as a sidekick and a lover to Batman’s arch nemesis in many different graphic novels, comics, animated shows, video games.
How It Begin:
The 1994 graphic novel Mad Love recounts the character’s origin.
And she earned the title of Doctor Harleen Quinzel. She seemed a promising psychiatrist and was assigned to Arkham Asylum, Gothams home for the criminally insane. Also, the place where she first met joker :
Dr. Harleen Quinzel saw Joker as her opportunity to earn fame and success. She thought that a book on an extreme personality like The Joker will open new doors for her. Little did she knew that treating Joker would make her mad. Mad in love with him.
She got the chance to know The Joker story:
The manipulative Joker got Harleen sympathizing with him. Harleen started relating to Joker more and more, and saw both of them as suffering souls. She took pity on him and thought that he needs to be loved to be cured. She even helped in escaping Arkham Asylum.
The Joker continued to play with her mind, with his twisted tales and talks. When finally this happened and Harley Quinn was born:
We saw this scene in the movie The Suicide Squad, too.
So, what is the deal? Are Harley and Joker made for each other?
To be honest, their story was sugar coated a lot in the movie. In the series and comics, their love story is gruesome and abusive.
Joker only saw Harley as great tool who he can dispose off at any time. He is only passing his time, wile his real obsession is obviously, The Batman. While Harley, the psycho, bumbling bombshell is in real a scared little girl who is in love with a killing maniac.
All Joker does is use Harley Quinn for his own fun. He beats and tortures her.
Where is the love then?
In this scene, it all becomes clear that Joker does have feelings for Harley. He hates having feeling which makes him vulnerable and therefore, he decided to end Harley by sending her away in a rocket.
Whatever Joker does to hurt Harley, she still returns back to him. Even in the series, we saw how miserable Joker became without Harley:
Love it or hate it, you just can’t ignore it. Harley and Joker pair is no doubt very fascinating to watch and I can’t wait for a movie solely dedicated to them. Also, in the movie it is hinted that Harley and Joker are responsible for Robin’s death.
Eager to see what is in store for them.
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