In Batman: Arkham Asylum, Harley Quinn’s outfit changed dramatically. Instead of her trademark red and black jester jumpsuit, her costume became a combination of a white nurse dress and a multi-color leather outfit consisting of a corset, long boots and glove-lets. Harley dropped her jester cap to reveal her blonde hair in pigtails, wearing a nurse’s cap. Overall, the character’s new look was more goth and punk, giving her a more edgy and sinister appearance that reflected her unstable and wild personality.
The Joker was an insanely homicidal super-villain, and the arch nemesis of Batman. His white skin, green hair and blood red lips belied the chaotic nature that underlay his cartoonish appearance. The extremely intelligent, self-styled Clown Prince of Crime had no super powers beyond a capacity for incredible violence and a skill at creating deadly mayhem and frequently concocted elaborate schemes to entrap his nemesis.
One of Batman’s oldest enemies and his main nemesis with a tendency to cheat death on countless occasions, the Joker has haunted Batman’s life for years, often being responsible for some of the most horrendous and tragic moments of his life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon, the abduction, torture, and murder of Jason Todd, and the death of Talia al Ghul. Seeking to break Batman’s moral code and create as much destruction and chaos as possible, Joker’s unpredictable nature make his plans to destroy Gotham complex and difficult to thwart. Since his emergence within Gotham on Christmas Eve, Joker has seized complete control of the city’s criminal underworld, gaining thousands of followers, overseeing a majority of its crimes and operations, and quickly became the city’s most infamous criminal. With his murderous and chaotic actions serving as the catalyst for massive plans that constantly target Batman, whom he disturbingly views as both his greatest enemy and friend, Gotham City, and the world itself, the villain is always plotting and contriving situations that put the Dark Knight in a position that threatens his moral code of never taking a life, no matter how evil. As intelligent as he is violent, the Joker has formulated countless plans to destroy Gotham City, leading to the brutal deaths of thousands of men, women, and children over the years.He served as the main antagonist in Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum, one of the main antagonists in Arkham City, one of the main antagonists in Arkham Knight, and is the central antagonist of the Arkham series overall.
Her name is Harley Quinn, and you’ve probably seen legions of her admirers skipping around every Halloween. As played by Margot Robbie, she’s the best thing about Suicide Squad, the big DC Universe bring-on-the-bad-guys extravaganza that desperately wants to prove the burgeoning multiverse franchise can do dark and funny. Everything the film wants to be is in that performance. And Harley is, hands down, the single biggest piece of collateral damage involved in this scorched-earth, soul-killing cinema du superhero blockbuster. You can forgive many of its sins. You can’t forgive nearly ruining a complex, iconic character who deserves way better than this.
Yes, Suicide Squad is as bad as you’ve heard. It’s not quite the flaming Hindenberg of tentpole movies or, as some have said, as wretched as last summer’s Fantastic Four. You will see worse superhero movies, to be sure; if you’ve seen big studio projects that rhyme with Schmarcraft and Schmalice Through the Schmooking Schmlass, you’ve endured worse disasters this year. But it’s bad. And the major criticisms against it — that something was compromised and defanged in the name of a PG-13 rating; that it’s attempt to be both revisionist and a rollercoaster ride flatlines; that Jared Leto’s cartel-druglord-chic Joker is barely in it; that it apparently got a Costco-bulk deal for its soundtrack; that its incoherent storytelling resembles a comic-book Burroughs cut-up — are all 100-percent valid. You can petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes all you want. Maybe redirect that rage to the DC/WB powers that be.
How much Joker do we think we are going to get in Suicide Squad? David Ayer’s ensemble supervillain piece ramped up its marketing recently, taking over Empire and dropping numerous character covers, interviews and stills, many of which showed Jared Leto’s renovated take on the Clown Prince of Crime. But a new theory suggests that the Joker might be more like Marvel’s Thanos… a powerful antagonist who is teased for multiple movies before he ever really has an impact.