With Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Suicide Squad, directed by David Aver, making almost $750 million dollars at the box office and a sequel in the works it’s hard to deem the film a failure, even though the plot was terrible. But one thing fans bring up again and again is the relationship between Harley Quinn and The Joker in the film. Some veterans in comics know that it’s a very abusive relationship that should never be glamorized. While others not familiar with their history see it as a Bonnie and Clyde romance that they can only dream about.
The sad truth is that even from Harley Quinn’s creation in Batman: The Animated Series, The Joker and her relationship has always been an abusive one. Time and time again we saw Harley try and leave the Joker only to be pulled back in by his charm. Unfortunately, Suicide Squad left all of that out, although we saw some of the abuse in the deleted scenes, the final cut showed a Joker that seemed to genuinely care for Harley time and time again. This was probably due to the reaction audiences had to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which deemed the film too dark. With so much pressure to deliver a good film the Warner Bros. Pictures had no choice but to adjust their next film and make it “lighter”. So of course in order to make the film “lighter” they would need to cut out the violence between The Joker and Harley Quinn.
But of course with as popular as Harley Quinn’s character got it was only a matter of time before we saw her again on the big screen together. There has been talk about a possible Joker/Harley Quinn film that is rumored to be in the works as we learned earlier this month. Rumors are that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in talks to write and direct the film. Bang Showbiz caught up with Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn herself, who talked a little bit about her thoughts on the Joker/Harley Quinn relationship during the premiere of her new film Goodbye Christopher Robin, specifically on how it should end saying:
“Their love story has to end in flames! It has to, it just wouldn’t be right,”
Of course I agree with her statement. Whether in this rumored film or another soon after, Harley Quinn needs to escape the grasp of The Joker. If not it would ruin all the work writers like Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have done to take Harley Quinn from her sidekick role to a very popular anti-hero in DC Comics. One particular issue that comes to mind is Harley Quinn #25 written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, where Harley goes into Arkham Asylum to break someone out and has to come face to face with The Joker after working hard to be out on her own on the east coast. It was a great book that really showed how far along she has come. Also if you would like to see the cold abuse that Harley had been put through look no further than issue #14 and #15 of Suicide Squad during the New 52, which was a tie in to the Death of a Family story line written by Adam Glass. Within those two issues you can see what Harley probably had to go through time and time again.
Like Robbie says this relationship needs to “end in flames” as I don’t think that Warner Bros. Pictures in this day and age would like to glamorize abusive relationships, but show how someone can overcome one and be fine on their own. What are your thoughts? How should the studio go about this relationship? Should they even have their own film? Leave your comments below!
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Source: Bang Showbiz