And one integral trait of Harley’s personality is her love for Joker.
My little fangirl heart broke once before; six years ago when I was unsatisfied with her mainstream treatment and in my melodramatic youthfulness it was enough to drive me out of the fandom.
Nothing will do that to me again; heck with the mellowing of time I can even now appreciate her mainstream series on many levels.
But I couldn't stand for this fantastic pairing to be broken up forever and ever.
TEN DARN GOOD REASONS WHY JOKER AND HARLEY SHOULD BE REUNITED
There is ample canon evidence that Joker has feelings for Harley, in so much as he is capable of, and this gives us an insight into his character we would never otherwise have. For someone with as tender and essentially sweet nature as Harley to see deeply into Joker and find something redeemable there – well, it just makes for some pretty awesome story possibilities.
Plus, let’s face it: this pairing is sexy as hell. Joker himself is such a seductive, charismatic, dominant kinda guy and Harley is such an impassioned, sweet, devoted kinda gal, they’re both completely nuts and together the two of them are sheer dynamite. There is so much chemistry and heat and magnetism between them. For anyone into D/s out there, this pairing is absolutely volcanically hot.
It has been somewhat hinted by Paul Dini at least that a reunion could be on the cards. The evidence?
As for Harley’s, you might say – that’s all negative stuff! But, methinks the lady doth protest too much. She’s mentioning it a few too many times, with a little too much emphasis on the lack of love!
Seems to me Mr. D is dropping a few subtle hints that neither of them are over the other. Let’s hope so!
Holy guacamole! In Countdown #7 when our intrepid explorers think they have returned to Earth, the first place Harley goes? Arkham Asylum to visit Mistah J! However, when she gets there and Joker doesn't recognise her, a distraught Harley breaks down weeping 'that wasn't my Puddin'!' YES!
DOES HARLEY NEED TO EVOLVE AS A CHARACTER?
Yes, of course she does! Most definitely. She can't be allowed to stagnate. However, one of the laziest and most superficial ways of doing this is to break her up with Joker, especially when he is such an integral part of her psyche. In the animated series, there was a clear relationship evolution arc between them. The same thing needs to happen in mainstream. We need to see our new, more experienced, independent and tougher Harley making certain demands of those in her life. We need to see Harley asking Joker for more from the relationship - and how Mistah J responds. We need to see a Harley who is no longer content to be second fiddle or just the 'henchgirl', but one who is asserting herself and demanding equal partnership. This doesn't mean she's no longer submissive, just that she's able to ask for what she wants.
The relationship is one of the most complex and interesting in the whole comics world. There's so much that can be explored there, rather than simply ignored. So c'mon...
PUT HER BACK IN HER PUDDIN’S ARMS, DC!
|Harley's Haven is dedicated to the memory of Heath Ledger, an actor who devoted much to the role of The Joker.|