The Costume And The Issues

The

Golden Quinn

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What’s going on, Comic Fans? We have a lot of things to talk about since the last time we spoke. There’s been new pictures of Harley Quinn that has been circulating online that I just want to talk about. There’s more stuff that is going on like, ‘The Joker Movie’ that will be coming out on the 4th of October of this year, but this is something that caught my attention pretty quickly.

There’s a lot of talk about how Harley is being presented and how she should be acting. The opinion of “don’t fix something that isn’t broken” has been brought up quite a lot, and at times, I would say that is a good thing. In this sense, I don’t agree. There are a couple reasons on why I don’t think this statement is right, but I can only give my opinion on the matter. My opinion is a simple one, but I do believe that it is an educated one without too much of a bias on the matter.

A Common

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I identify with Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel) on a little bit of a personal level. I think that for anyone to connect with a character, I feel like they would have something in common with that said character. Though I didn’t have a person as bad as the Joker, I was involved in relationships that affected me in bad ways. There was a relationship that I thought I liked the guy but after time progressed, I didn’t feel anything for him. He made me say that I “loved him” when I did not. I spent a couple months with this person and slowly, I found myself overworked with nothing to show for it. I found myself becoming depressed.

There was another relationship that I was involved in that was a bit worse. This one lasted about one and a half to two years, and I honestly have no idea on why it lasted that long. In this one. It started out nicely, like most do. We were friends but there was more there, so we started to see one another. I was silly to think that he was only wanting me for me. After my savings in my account were drying up, they started to tell me that they needed more funds. They didn’t want to work a regular job because they would be watching their child at weird hours of the day. Well that’s what they would tell me. At this time, I was living in a dorm at my college about 200 miles away from my hometown. I was going to school full time, I was also working two jobs, one part time and one full time. I was constantly exhausted and overworked. I ate a lot of food, but I was consistently at an unhealthy weight. Luckily, I was able to make some really great friends at school, so I had a good system of people to talk to and run things by. Sadly, I didn’t talk to them about the big problems that I had. I should have.

The story of this doesn’t seem all that intense but at the time it really was. I was depressed to the point where I didn’t want to answer my phone whenever they called because they just wanted more from me. I just wanted to sleep. I would cry when I knew I wouldn’t be seen or heard (shower, dorm when my roommate was at work or class, car, when it was time to sleep, etc.). The constant thought of, “I just need to get past this month, and it will be right as rain” would pop into my mind, but I knew that it would be the same as this month.

Just as Harley had done, I found myself away from these poisonous relationships, and found myself feel confused and upset about where my life was. It was true that I was going to school and had dependable friends, but I just didn’t know how people found love. How could I trust someone again, knowing that they might be exactly like the people I was with before?

Out of no-where, my ‘Poison Ivy’ showed up and my life became full of hope and love. Being dependent on a person to improve your mood or emotions shouldn’t be the main thing that turns your life around. The dependency of being happier just because of a person is not what I am trying to say to you through text. Heaven knows I have a hard time with coming up with the right words to express my thought process.

Many people, not just females, have pasts just like hers. Maybe they are still involved in them, but there is a common ground with all of us. And I know that is seems like I got off topic, but I swear that it all ties in.

How much do you know about the relationship between Harley and Joker? Have you followed her from the beginning and seen how she learned thoughout the years that her relationship was toxic? Did you just see Suicide Squad movie in 2016? The relationship that you see in that movie is confusing to the people that have known these characters for years on end. I’ve seen online that girls (younger girls around 15-16 years of age) seen this movie and thought that they wanted a “Joker” type boyfriend, but in all honesty, no they do not. They like the idea that a guy would be so committed to his love interest that he fought his way to get her back but there’s an issue with that.

I mentioned it in the last post I had of Harley and Ivy. If you haven’t gotten to that page yet because you are new here or you just forgot to read it then…

Click here to jump to that article mentioned!

Just a little recap of it, Harley left the gang for about a year and gave birth to a baby girl by the name of Lucy. When she came back to the gang, Joker didn’t react to her the way that she wanted him to. He had no idea that she was even gone, and Harley seen that. It becomes apparent that he doesn’t care for her as much as he was portrayed in Suicide Squad. And if you enjoyed that movie, more power to you! I thought there were a lot of redeeming qualities to it and, though it is no longer cannon, I thought that it was fun and interesting to watch. I did not think it made sense, but it had potential. I am glad that it’s being remade though. Sorry, that was a little off topic, but I wanted to give an example of her love interest and how bad it was.

Onto The Real Reason For This Article!

Harley Quinn’s choice of clothing and how it changed throughout the years has been a huge topic lately. Every fan would love to see the original costume that she had in the beginning of her career in crime. I would love to see it to, but the thing is, I don’t think people would enjoy it as much as they claim they would. Sure, it is a great costume. Yes, it was perfect for her specific character in a way that if you see the outfit, you would instantly know who wears it, but I don’t believe that that costume could be created correctly. I don’t think it would be worn right. I don’t believe that it would look as good as we all want it to. It would be too baggy, or too tight. It wouldn’t have the right shade of red, the fabric is wrong, or the diamonds will be too small or too big. The cowl will be too bulky, or too small. I honestly think that there would be no winning with it. They made an amazing one in the Suicide Squad movie, BUT we only seen it for a second before it was taken away. And we only see the top portion of it too, so we don’t know what it all looked like. Maybe I am wrong. I would absolutely love to be proven wrong, but we see this costume as the peek/best of Harley Quinn, but it isn’t.

When she started to change her outfit, she starts to find herself without Joker. Even in the Arkham games by Rocksteady has her changing her clothes. She sees that Joker isn’t the man that she thought he was and gets irrationally angry when it’s pointed out by B-Man.

After pushing Harley out of the window, she understands that she needs to get away, but doesn’t know how, that is when Ivy comes in and we already know what happens there if you have read the ‘Poison Quinn’ article that I have linked earlier.

Harley changes her clothes time and time again. Finally, we get to see her individualism come out as she tries different outfits. Luckily for us, she loves the colors red/black together. There’s and essence to her past that she keeps around as a reminder of where she came from and who she is now. I hope that you all like the examples of her style that I found for you.

Keeping on the reason why I decided to write about this is because of the photo of Margot Robbie that came out recently for the Birds of Prey movie that has a release date of February 7th, 2020. There are actually two, but the one I’m highlighting is what caught my eye. I’ve been looking on Twitter for people’s reactions on the new look, and they haven’t disappointed. No matter what the director or costume designer had done, there would be a big battle between “if it was a good look or not”. IF they decided to do the original costume, people would say that they don’t try anything different, that it was safe, and they have no idea who Harley is and how she far she’s come from her time with the Joker. When they gave the fans the preview of the sort of things she is going to be wearing, people complain that, “If it’s not broken, it doesn’t need fixing”. In some ways, yeah, that’s a good saying, but this is what is happening. It isn’t here to make you angry. There is no point in that. The directors want to cater to the public so that we all go and see the film.

If you look at the getup of Harley in Suicide Squad, you can see that she has her colors on, but other than that, what else does she have on that signifies who she was and who she is? What about her hair? She doesn’t have pink and blue in her hair in the comics. There is no blue or pink on her ever in the series, besides this movie. But the public likes the style, so it stayed. It was liked so much that you can find it in her comic books now.

What about those booty shorts? Or her jacket, shirt, shoes, the bat, tattoos (though the tattoos are found in the Arkham games, but they aren’t the same ones)? Just everything! Change is not supposed to be scary. It’s supposed to be there to expand on her character. Especially when it’s just the clothing that she’s going to be wearing. Margot Robbie is a wonderful actress and I am thrilled that she is going to stay being Harley, because I honestly don’t know who else could play her. She’s super talented with the way she speaks and acts altogether.

I’m not here to tell you that you shouldn’t voice your opinion on what you think is good or not about your favorite characters. Please do! I love seeing different views on characters that I read up on and follow. I just don’t care for the ones that voice their opinions about characters that they don’t really know. They know her from just the one live action movie that isn’t even cannon anymore and think that’s all she is just a hot girl that has a baseball bat. They don’t know why she was even in the prison or why she would be chosen for the team. Everyone else has special powers or mutations, why is she even there. She is so much more than just a character.

Quinn, as a character, have grown extraordinarily into a badass anti-hero and that should be celebrated. Just because Harley (Margot Robbie) is shown in a gold jumper thing, doesn’t mean any less to her character. Most likely, there is going to be a lot of looks to her. She has two movies coming out in 2020! We will all see the different parts of her character.

I’m sorry if that seemed like a rant. If anything, I just want to clarify that, since this movie is being made, I have no doubt that it’s going to have a lot of details in it. Enough to satisfy the comic-nerd in all of us. I am super excited about seeing this film, including the new Suicide Squad movie that is being directed by James Gunn. Margot Robbie is extremely talented, and I am so happy that Harley is having her moment on the silver screen. She is honestly, my favorite character in the DC Comic franchise. And we will write about this film in just a little bit. I wanted to find more pictures and have an educated guess on what I think the movie will be about! Don’t you worry about that!

Thank you, Everyone, for coming back to see us here at C&M! I’ve been trying to get as much sun as possible and I find it was interfering with my writing! I’m sorry about that. I was doing so well too! But I hope you all enjoyed this article. I just went to the comic story yesterday and talked to the cashier that worked there. I’m writing up questions for him to answer so that I can have more interaction on this site. I love hearing passion when people talk about their favorite fandom. So, be on a lookout for that interview coming soon!

Have a wonderful rest of your day, and I will be back with more comic related things to talk about (Ha-ha)!

-Kay