For comic-book universes in which superheroes (and villains) often seem to be hooking up with one another every darned week, in virtually every character combination imaginable, there's one notable issue with the vast majority of Marvel and DC's romantic entanglements: hardly any of their heroes ever gets involved with a hero - or villain - of the same gender.
Now, sure, there are a handful of LGBTQ characters hanging around - with representation of 'non-straight' superheroes and villains certainly having improved in recent years - but that hasn't, in large part, translated into all that many depictions of fully-formed relationships on the page. Now, in part that's because the majority of heroes and villains that anyone gives a crap about have been around for decades, and have long-since been established as being super-straight, but it's still a shame that there's little representation of sexuality beyond large-biceped dudes making out with enormously-breasted women.
Which is probably why it's caused so much excitement that:
It Seems Like Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Are Dating
Yup, that's right:
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are totally an item...
Which, in fairness, is something that the pair's recent comic-book appearances together (the pair have lately become one of the most entertaining double acts around) have very much been - heavily - hinting at...
...but that is now, it seems, official canon.
Y'see, the writers of the Harley Quinn comic series, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, recently took part in a 'hashtag chat' using the official DC Comics Twitter account, and when asked about Harley and Ivy's relationship...
...they responded pretty emphatically:
With further questions...
...very much adding to the sense that the relationship between the two is now official DC canon.
So much so, in fact, that when asked about the romance largely being swept under the rug...
...they revealed that it's more than just a 'like-like' kind of deal:
Which, seeing as we've recently seen scenes like this:
(even if that does technically, if innuendo-filled-ly, refer to Harley's actual beaver pal...)
...probably shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
The big question now, though?
Will We See Their Relationship Turn Up on the Big Screen?
After all, Harley is soon set to hit theaters in Suicide Squad, so could we soon see the dynamic duo make beautiful music together on the silver screen?
Well, short answer? Probably not.
After all, it looks as though Suicide Squad is set to place Harley's (traditional comic-book) relationship with The Joker front and center, and combined with Ivy not seeming likely to make it to the big screen, that suggests we might have a long wait to see the pair lock lips in theaters.
That being said, though, if things work out in the comics, and the pair become a long-term (and, crucially, popular) thing, then who knows what we might see five years down the line - and in the meantime, at least we're getting to see the two of them awesome-out together in the comics...
What do you think, though?