There is all sorts of excitement in Gotham lately, and it's in no small part due to the buzz surrounding Suicide Squad. In spite of being savaged by many critics, Suicide Squad is poised for box office domination, and that's leading many to believe that perhaps Harley Quinn will be returning to the small screen where she once originated.
According to Gotham executive producer John Stephens, there could be some "proto-versions" of the villains Harley Quinn and Killer Croc popping up on Gotham.
"If you see someone who has a scientific anomaly to their skin that it grows in a certain way, 'Oh, I'm going to take that and grow Killer Croc from that in the future,'" Stephens teased, according to Asia Starz.
As a story about Bruce Wayne as a teen, it is actually somewhat realistic for producers and writers to pull characters like Killer Croc into the Gotham storyline. Killer Croc on the small screen does not have to have the same story arc as he does in Suicide Squad, should he show up in Gotham. According to The Movie Network, executive producer Ken Woodruff explained at the Gotham session at the Television Critics Association press tour this week that “Indian Hill that exists in Gotham, that’s the bridge to these villains like Killer Croc…”
Harley Quinn might be a bit of a difficult score for Gotham, though; the Joker's insane girlfriend has frequently been portrayed as a much younger character than either Batman or Joker, but it is possible for Gotham to perhaps have a character that either shares some of Harley Quinn's traits or a young Harleen Quinzell who might simply be a young child with an interest in criminals.
The latter might appear to make more sense, as executive producers did indicate that the character would effectively be a forerunner to Harley Quinn, though with Gotham's premiere not occurring until September 19, fans of the show will have to wait and see what form the character might take.
Killer Croc would be an easier solution, given a young version of the character might feature a scientifically odd skin condition. Certainly, teenagers everywhere can relate to the notion of having bad skin at one time or another, though having a skin condition on the level that a Killer Croc character would might be a little harder to imagine.
Arrow wasn't quite so fortunate as Gotham; however, that show had to put the brakes on plans to bring Harley Quinn to the small screen because of the Suicide Squad movie. However, the character is alluded to in one episode — viewers saw the back of her head and the tell-tale pigtails as she gave John Diggle and Lyla a hard time.
The character had also appeared in a second episode, according to The CW 33, but star Stephen Amell said at a 2014 convention that Harley Quinn's appearance had to go as a result of time constraints. Willa Holland (who plays Thea) said that it was possible the powers that be at DC Entertainment may have put the kibosh on further Harley Quinn appearances, though.
"Something must have come down from DC or some higher-up above that said, ‘No, you must cease and desist because we’re going to make it into a movie and we can’t have anybody spoil that idea,'" she said, according to CinemaBlend.
While Arrow seemingly won't be able to make use of the character, it looks like Gotham might be luckier in their pursuit of using younger versions of Harley Quinn and Killer Croc. While it is not yet known exactly how these characters will be used, it will be interesting to see what Gotham makes of the opportunity.
Watch Harley lay the pain on some baddies in the Movie Pilot original video below:
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Asia Starz: http://www.asiastarz.com/articles/6590/20160810/gotham-season-3-suicide-squad-harley-quinn.htm#ixzz4H1XEyZxV
The CW 33: http://cw33.com/2016/08/10/harley-quinn-needs-a-tv-show-thanks-to-the-arrow-verse-she-can-have-one/
The Movie Network: http://www.themovienetwork.com/article/gotham-has-plans-harley-quinn-and-killer-croc