Whether you're a fan of DC Comics or superheroes in general, maybe even if you're not, it's almost impossible to have escaped the recent resurgence of popularity surrounding one of DC's most iconic and beloved original creations: Harley Quinn. The character, best known to fans as the crazy-in-love partner in crime to the Joker himself, has become even more of a mainstay in pop culture due to the scene-stealing and breakout performance of Margot Robbie in Warner Bros.' film adaptation of Suicide Squad.
So, with the character's newfound rise in popularity, what are the chances we'll get to see the Clown Princess of Crime get another shot to take the stage in live-action TV format? Having been a prominent player on the early 2000s WB series Birds Of Prey (which was unfortunately cancelled after a single season), she hasn't yet had the chance, aside from a brief, unnamed cameo on an episode of Arrow. But as it turns out, her return to TV could be a lot more likely than you think. And we owe it all to the folks over at Fox's Batman prequel series, Gotham.
Harley Quinn's Been Teased On The Series Already
Though references to Harley go all the way back to the first episode when dancers in Fish Mooney's club were dressed in harlequin attire, the most significant tease came when Point Break and Orange Is The New Black's Lori Petty joined the series in the second season. She made quite the stellar debut in an outfit that many fans of the character immediately recognized as one of Harley's more recent costume iterations. Petty's character was also shown as having greatly been influenced by the Not-Officially-The-Joker Jerome.
Speaking of Jerome, the show also led viewers to believe, for nearly a whole season, that newly deranged Barbara Kean would end up taking on the mantle of Clown Princess after teaming up with Jerome and playing his sidekick. Thankfully, that hasn't happened yet. And with the Season 3 premiere setting Barbara up in a nice little locale all her own, I think it's safe to say we've dodged a bullet there.
Gotham Girls A Plenty
Following her introduction into the comics from the animated show of her debut, Harley has had one helluva journey. After finally separating from the Joker, she crossed paths with Poison Ivy, who initially wanted nothing to do with the girl. They eventually became close friends and with Catwoman formed the Gotham City Sirens. Both Poison Ivy and Catwoman have appeared in either regular or guest spots on the show. And with Ivy getting a slight makeover in Season 3, suffice it to say the creative liberties will just keep coming. Why not take a few more?
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So, Will Harley Appear On 'Gotham'?
It was inevitable that fans would start to question when Harley would appear on the show and get a proper Gotham style origin story like everyone else. Thankfully, instead of keeping quiet, the producers of the show have let fans know that they do hear our pleas.
Ken Woodruff and John Stephens confirmed back in August that we should expect "proto" versions of Suicide Squad members Harley Quinn and Killer Croc. When Woodruff spoke to IGN, he mentioned fans may have already seen Harley on the show. He also spoke about the slight complications that come along with her introduction:
“You may have already seen Harley as a person that you thought you had met and known for a long time. Unlike Croc, the Harley Quinn of it all is a bit more of a sticky wicket but it’s one we’ve already thought about for the character. We don’t want to give too much away but it will definitely be someone connected to the Joker cult world that we have set up. But it’s down the road, later in Season 3 right now.”
There you have it. While it has taken them three seasons to make it happen, fans of the infamous and adorable psycho can rest assured knowing plans to bring Harley Quinn to Gotham are definitely set in motion. What remains to be seen is just exactly how it's going to happen.
The most plausible theory is that instead of bringing in Dr. Quinzel, Gotham will introduce a character that will later go on to inspire the former Arkham psychiatrist to give in to madness and abandon it all for the love of a Joker.