has had several different looks over the years as she's appeared in different
incarnations. Down below we take a look at them! :) Click on an image
to see it full size!
Paul Dini as ideas on Harley's look for her appearance in 'Joker's Favour'
and presented to Bruce Timm, who apparently said "hmmmmm... No."
This is a
very cute glimpse at a 'coulda been' Harley. Love the flashy over the top
"glasses/mask" and the bouffant hair-do as well as the very cute Joker
and Harley doodle in the top left hand corner and the Harley and Bats one
in the lower left hand corner. Hee!
what could've been folks... ! :D
is the Harley every knows and loves, the original design that debuted with
the animated series in 1992 and the comic book based on the series.
jester costume, suitably modified to suit Harley's killer bod, striking
in its simplicity and absolutely gorgeous, along with Harley's trademark
wide, sexy and sligtly sinister grin!
look was changed only minimally for the new series, becoming more streamlined
and angular, but that's it.
mainstream Harley. The slightly whackier, more dangerous Harley.
the classic costume design has really not been altered - it doesn't need
to be, it's too fabulously perfect a costume!
to suit the more detailed style of the mainstream, Harley is rendered here
and in the mainstream comics in a more 'realistic' style.
it just me, or did she also get inflatable boobies??
design of the Harley Quinn for the new 'The Batman' animated series was
modified slightly to fit in with this series' highly stylised and quite
history changed a little too - she was a TV psychologist after an interview
with The Joker to remake her reputation when Mister Jay twisted her mind
and took advantage of her. He also took her on a pretty awesome date and
openly drooled over her new look.
love it! It's bent and twisted and quite an insane Harley look.
In the Elseworlds
special 'Thrillkiller '62'. an alternative looking Harley Quinn had a brief,
but memorable appearance.
real name was Hayley and she was a teenager obsessed with Batgirl and Robin
and the 'Joker' of this story - a woman named Bianca Steeplechase.
up hooking up with Bianca, having become infatuated with her, and causing
a bit of twisted mayhem.
pretty neat doing it!
OF PREY" HARLEY
Harleen Quinzel was a regular character in the short-lived live-action
TV series, 'Birds of Prey'.
by Mia Sara (who I love solely due to 'Legend') she never makes an appearance
as Harley Quinn, but is apparently trying to carry on the work of The Joker!
this was definitely a very different version of Harley, it was totally
suited to the show - here HQ is more mature, restrained and sophisticated
- but no less insane or in love with her Puddin'!
Well, our Harley has earned
herself another makeover - this time for a video game!
There's a whole lot of
excitement roused about this game - in which Harley is acting as her beloved
Mistah J's aide in anarchy as they take over the Asylum!
We all know how she loves
to play dress-up and here you can see her true to form thematically in
the guise of a nurse!
Truly, nothing can match
Harley's own fabulous costume, and this one doesn't really scream "Harley"
to me - but hey, it's cute, blood-spattered skirt and all!
In the graphic novel "Joker",
taking place in an alternative reality, Harley wore a modified version
of her traditional costume but also made the rounds in an entertaining
variety of stylish ensembles.
Whilst she doesn't say
a word in the whole book, she nonetheless makes her presence very much
felt, lurking in the background as Joker's right hand and carrying out
some acts of extreme brutality for him! While she is mostly drugged-out
and languid, there is still the touch of recognisable Harley-mischief in
her deeds. Plus the outfits she chooses to wear still reflect a sense of
cute and sexy themed-style with a nod to vintage classics, in keeping with
Harls' usual taste.
An interesting and intriguing
depiction of Harley, in his book she is a lean, mean, dressing-up machine!
It's Harley as you know
and love her - legofied!
Preserved in her original
and best classic costume, the lego version of Harley forr the associated
popular video game is easily recognisable - even if she is quite a bit
more - square!
In this game, neither
she nor her Mistah J speak - but their mischevious, malevolent personalities
are on full display!
A claustrophic tale told
in graphic novel format, this story delves into the insanity and power
of Arkham Asylum and its true ruler: the Joker.
Harley Quinn appears it
only a little and author Sam Keith has chosen to focus on her more unattractive
side, eschewing Harley's brighter perkiness in favour of theme-colour dreadlocks,
grunge, sunken eyes, cigarettes and a certain brusqueness of attitude and
timbre. Certainly, she looks a little haggard and never gets to wear anything
except standard issue institutional jumpsuit!
But she has her moments
of playfulness too and even sustains a reasonably authentic voice - Keith
doesn't hold back from delving into her crueller nature either!
In the already highly-anticipated
sequel to "Arkham Asylum", Harley has clearly undergone a make-over of
sorts, trading up the nurse outfit for more 'urban' wear, this time in
her more traditional red & black instead of red & purple! The diamond
motif makes an appearance too.
Still, this is more 'teen-angst-pretentious-emo-off-the-rack-goth-chick'
than 'mischevious, perky, sexy, psychotic clown'.
What is it with
the sudden predilection for grunging up Harls? She's as un-grunge as can
In this very cute but
radically different incarnation, Harley appears as... a little monkey!
A loyal, loving and devoted
pet to an alternative dimension's version of the Joker - a GOOD GUY known
by the name of The Jester - she makes only a brief appearance.
But all knowing fans immediately
recognise her, and everyone with a love for the clowns and their relationship
appreciates the analogies!
AND THE BOLD" HARLEY
The most divergent depiction
of Harley (visually, at least) yet, the Brave and the Bold 'verse has her
dolled up in black and white silent-film star style.
Still with her distinctive
Bronx accent and all-passionate adoration of her Mistah J, this stylish
new look is innovative, creative and interesting.
While this style may seem
'un-Harley', given that it is cohesively themed to her Puddin' and prettily
presented, I think it's quite in step! More so than 'Hot Topic Chic' above...
Taking things to waaaaaaay
left field is the latest incarnation of Harley Quinn, manifested for the
new UK-based stage-show spectacular, 'Batman Live!'
Causing furore and confusion
amongst fans, especially as the other characters' costumes in the show
remain on traditional lines, this... original new design certainly takes
Harley in a different direction.
The reason behind the
change from black to blue would seem to obviously be for greater impact
to audiences seated in far-back rows, seeing as how this is a live show.
Why the rest of the changes? That is not as clear... nor why it is always
Harley who is subjected to such radical redesigns!
But despite this costume
change, fans have responded favourably to her portrayal both in the script
and as performed by Poppy Tierney, saying that she is done due justice
where it really counts!
In perhaps the most infuriating-to-fans
redesign yet, this is DC's preview of a Harley Quinn for their reboot titles,
coming... waaaay too scarily soon!
This bewildering, baffling
and perplexing design shows little resemblance to the playful whimsy &
quirky style of the Clown Princess. It's a lazy & unimaginative one-size-fits-all
(or barely fits all?) shorts & top ensemble with... a cape?!?! And
nothing that calls to mind her harlequin avatar. The parti-coloured hair
does not reflect Harley's neat, conventional & girlish aesthetic.
It's just completely out
of character, very cliche & is bereft of the zany originality of Harley's
original - and still the best - look.
Fans are pretty much unanimous
in the scorn & derision towards it. The best explanation fans have
gotten to this dramatic and perplexing change is that "people liked how
she looked in Arkham Asylum". So far, fans are also not responding
well to her depiction in the actual comic, either...