ByJack Carr, writer at Creators.co
You are the Princess Shireen of the House Baratheon, and you are my daughter.
Jack Carr

Major Suicide Squad spoilers beyond this point. You know the drill.

It's hard to know exactly what to make of the twisted relationship between Harley Quinn and the Joker of Suicide Squad. On the one hand, he appears to truly feel for the Clown Princess, as evidenced by diving into that acid vat right behind her, and breaking her out of Belle Reve in the film's closing moments. On the other, the list of deleted scenes is evidence that in an earlier cut of the movie, the Joker apparently considers Harley little more than a toy to be played with, sometimes violently.

What's your secret, Harley? (DC/Warner Bros.)
What's your secret, Harley? (DC/Warner Bros.)

Whatever you choose to make of that contradiction, the final scene quite clearly sets up a thrilling Harley Quinn adventure, while also giving the Suicide Squad a solid reason to regroup and recapture one of their own in Suicide Squad 2 (probably best not to question if or not David Ayer will be part of that).

But while their future looks neon-bright, one tiny visual clue planted in Suicide Squad suggests that things weren't always so rosy for the Clown Prince and his girl. Check out this frame from the scene at the Joker's apartment — hidden among the disturbing array of knives and weapons is something highly unexpected...

Clean your apartment, man. (DC/Warner Bros.)
Clean your apartment, man. (DC/Warner Bros.)

Check out the babygrows in the top of the frame — one blue, one pink, one black. Even the formation of the weapons vaguely resembles a womb with Mr. J himself at the centre. That's a pretty disturbing image in isolation, but even moreso when you consider that it could be hinting at Harley Quinn once having been pregnant (or aiming to begin a family in the near future).

Near the end of the big confrontation scene with Enchantress in the subway station, when the ancient spirit offers to help the squad achieve their ultimate desire in return for joining her, we dive into Harley's highly surreal fantasy: The Joker, free of make-up and looking almost absurdly normal, returns home in a business suit and kisses his wife as she preps dinner for their two kids.

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In the theater this scene elicited some big laughs and plays as comedy on a surface level, but taking the baby grows into account, it could be evidence that the gangster and his mentally imbalanced girlfriend shared a dream of expanding their family.

Joker v. Joker: Dawn of Jokery (rtsimpson.tumblr.com)
Joker v. Joker: Dawn of Jokery (rtsimpson.tumblr.com)

The fact that it's the Joker in possession of the baby clothes could suggest that the family fantasy is in fact his, and that Harley's only desire is to be at his side no matter the circumstances. In a darkly amusing way, the Joker dreaming of a family almost renders him the classic "love interest", which is a nice subversion of the usual "female lover who just wants to settle down" trope.

Of course, neither of these walking disasters is even remotely parenting material, and there's little crueller than bringing a child into the world knowing you're in no position to care for it. Is this something the DCEU will ever follow through with? I'd be highly surprised — but it is interesting to consider that, in Injustice (which is non-canon), Harley confesses to Black Canary that she has a daughter named Lucy.

All kinds of horror. (DC Comics)
All kinds of horror. (DC Comics)

Of course, even when telling the story of how she gave her daughter up, she's mostly concerned with how keeping the baby secret affected her relationship with the Joker — proof, as if it were needed, that this woman should never bring life into her twisted world. The babygrows in Suicide Squad could simply be an Easter Egg referencing this alternate-universe Harley Quinn. But if Harley did miscarry a child, and the Joker is holding onto the clothes as some kind of coping mechanism, an unexpectedly tragic extra dimension is added to their already-wild backstory.

Perhaps we'll get more clarification on this from Margot Robbie or David Ayer. Otherwise, it's simply another weird development in the vertigo-inducing rollercoaster drama of Suicide Squad. Check out our original video cutting all of the Joker's deleted scenes into one above, and then tell me —

Will We Ever See A Baby Joker In The DCEU?