Okay, so before I get started, I must say that this post is a fan theory of my own creation.
If you've seen Season 1 of Gotham, you know that Barbara was kidnapped by the Ogre and forced to watch as he murdered her parents. But then, she confesses in a bloodthirsty craze (as she tries to kill Dr. Thompkins) that it was her, in fact, that committed the crime. So, back to the title question. We've seen the origins for a few characters and a few 'precursor' villains as well (Dr. Crane, Sr., the Red Hood gang, etc.). My question, "Is Barbara Kean going to be Harley Quinn?" is a tad misleading. I don't think that she is going to be the Harley Quinn we all know and love, but a more thorough rewriting of that question would look like this: "Is Barbara Kean to the Ogre what Harley Quinn is to the Joker?" But, as you can see, that was way too long to put as the post title.
On the other hand, will she be a forerunner to Harley Quinn herself? If you watch this promo, it looks like Barbara and the Joker will be in close quarters with each other.
This could totally just be fantastic editing, or are they hinting at some sort of camaraderie between the two? Will a young Harleen Quinzel somehow come into contact with them and will that meeting plant the seeds of obsession that eventually overtake her?
Completely unrelated, but in the vein of forerunners, do you think that, just maybe, Selina is going to copy the whip/outfit combo from Tigress?
We will just have to wait and see, won't we? It will not be a long wait, though, because Gotham Season 2 premieres on September 21st.
Please, share your thoughts or comments below...