Harley Quinn (Harley Quinn) - The Joker Girl
Harley Quinn (born Harley Quinn) - a fictional character, a super villain in the DC Comics universe, originally appeared in the 1992 Batman animated series, later adapted to comics. She is the main associate of the Joker, for the same reason she hates Batman and his assistants. Also maintains friendly relations with Poison Ivy and Catwoman. The character alias is derived from her real name, Harleen Quinzel, as an association for harlequin.
History of creation
Cover Image Harley Quinn Vol. 1 # 26 (January 2003). Artists: Mike Huddleston, Troy Nixie, Alex Sinclair.
Harley Quinn created Bruce Timm and Paul Dini for the animated series Batman. In the episode Joker's Favor, as conceived by the authors, someone had to jump out of the cake in a room full of policemen. It was decided that it would be strange to do this for Joker himself, and it became necessary to create an appropriate assistant clown, although in the final version of the episode script it was Joker who did it. Paul Dini decided that it would be interesting for a girl to become such a character. For 10 days, which lasted the writing of the script for the episode, the image and role of the heroine continuously changed, first Dini had the idea of a burglar woman in dark glasses who obeyed the Joker implicitly, but then Dini got the idea to make the heroine funny so she could joke and sometimes even funnier Joker, because of what he would be angry with her.
When it came time to choose a character’s name, the author had a lot of names in his head, like Columbine, but in the end Harley Quinn was chosen, which sounds like a harlequin.
The heroine was voiced by Arlene Sorkin, an actress who played in the soap opera Days of Our Life, in one of the episodes of which she appears in a jester costume. This scene inspired Dini to create Harley. Since Dini was familiar with Sorkin from college, he added personality and appearance to the character’s image. Other sources, according to Sorkin, were the assistants of James Cagney from the gangster movies and Adelaide from the Guys and Pupae musical.
Gradually, the nature and role of Harley changed, all changes were accepted in the course of discussions between Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Barnett.
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Debut: Animated Series "Batman", "Service to the Joker" (September 1992), The Batman Adventures # 12 (September 1993)
- The main sequence of the DC Universe: Batman: Harley Quinn # 1 (October 1999)
- Authors: Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
- Position: Evil / Neutral
- Alter Ego: Harlin Francis Queensel
- Type: Man
- Height: 170 cm
- Weight: 63 kg
- Citizenship: USA
- Occupation: Previously psychiatrist, later mercenary
Harlin Queenzel was a born gymnast and, having earned a sports scholarship, she entered the university. She was interested in a prestigious psychiatrist's diploma, but she did not intend to strain herself in her studies - instead, she seduced teachers, in whose subjects she did not have time. Harley planned to become a popular psychologist with her own series of books and went to work at the psychiatric hospital "Arkem" to earn a name for herself on the most difficult cases with killer maniacs.
After three months of persuasion, the leadership allowed her to conduct sessions with the Joker, who fell in love with her. When the villain fled, and Batman returned him to Arkem, she put on the Harlequin costume, rescued her lover from the asylum and became his assistant.
After the success of the character in the animated series, Harley Quinn appeared in the comics. This version of the character was more insane and with less paradoxical humor than the image from the cartoon, which brought her closer to the character of the Joker.
For the first time in comics, Harley Quinn appeared in The Batman Adventures # 12 in September 1993. The origin of the character was described in detail in the graphic novel Mad Love, published in 1994. The novel received good reviews from critics and received several awards - the Eisner Prize and the Harvey Prize for the best solo comics issue of the year. These and subsequent Harley Quinn appearances in comics, up to Batman: Harley Quinn were non-canonical and did not belong to the main DC Universe. Batman: Harley Quinn, released in October 1999, described in more detail the origin of the character, and Harley Quinn was "inscribed" in the canon DC.
After reloading the entire DC comic universe, Harley Quinn also changed. The most basic moments of the biography remained - she is still a Joker psychiatrist and helps him escape from Arkem. But then Joker leads her to the factory to show where he was “reborn”, and throws her lover in a vat of acid so that she changes, just like he did. Harley got white skin and finally lost her mind, which, however, was just glad.
After a quarrel with the Joker, she begins to attack the people responsible for his imprisonment, and this ends with the Black Canary capturing Harley, and Amanda Waller forces Quinn to join the Suicide Squad.
When she finds out that, according to rumors, the Joker is dead, the girl attacks the Gotham Police Department to get the clown's cut face. She succeeds in this, and she ties up her former teammate Deadshot, puts the Joker on his face and speaks to him like a lover. But Dadshot cunning frees and hurts Harley.
After the Joker returns to Gotham, he forces her to use his old Red Cap suit and lure Batman to the chemical plant where they first met. Batman demands that Harley tell him where the Joker is. But she only answers in tears that he is no longer “her Joker”.
In this version, Harley was not the first friend of the Joker, the insane clown created his own kind of assistants before, and then killed them and put the corpses in the basement.
Instead of the classic Harlequin costume, this version of the heroine wears very revealing clothes - a corset, short shorts and stockings, and now not in red and black, but in red and blue colors. Her hair is painted in the same range. Instead of a huge revolver and a giant wooden hammer, many weapons and a metal sledgehammer became her weapon. Later, Quinn began to use the red and black theme of the costume and the huge hammer.
In November 2013, Harley received her own Harley Quinn series. The series has become popular and constantly ranked in the top ten best-selling comics online in the USA.
On September 5, 2013, DC Comics announced a contest for fans and artists, “Break into comics with Harley Quinn!”. In particular, the publisher invited the contestants to show Harley in four different suicide scenarios. This competition attracted controversy, not only because it was held a few days before the national suicide prevention week in the United States, but also because some artists dislike Harley’s sexual image in the fourth scenario, where Harley is trying to commit suicide in the bathroom, being naked.
In the Thrillkiller comic, the character is a schoolgirl named Hayley Fitzpatrick, who helps the female version of the Joker, Bianca Steeplechase. Girls have a sexual relationship, and are generally closer than their counterparts in the basic continuity of the DC universe. After Batgirl kills Bianca, Hayley is shown killing his family.
In another version, Lex Luthor is featured as a music producer. One of his bands is singer Harley and Ivy (Poison Ivy).
On the new Earth-3 Harlin Queensel is the business manager of Joxter (Jokester; the heroic version of the Joker). She was killed by Oulmen (from English - "The Human-Owl") - a villainous version of Batman.
In the graphic novel The Joker, Harley Quinn is the Joker's assistant and lover. This idiot of the villain is serious, silent (does not utter a single replica) and rarely puts on a harlequin mask. At the time of the first appearance, it is shown to the stripper, whether it was her occupation during the arrest of the Joker or only a trick - is unknown.
Margot Robbie - the main decoration of the "Suicide Squad"
“I had to learn how to do back flips, and also handle pistols, sabers and fireballs. But the most important thing is that I now know what to do with the bat! ”
The beauty of the Australian actress Margot Robbie in life is as striking as it is on the screen. The story of her success is like a fairy tale about Cinderella. A simple girl from an Australian village came to Hollywood and became a star of universal proportions. In the Warner Bros studio film “Suicide Squad,” the actress played Harley Quinn, a DC Comics supervillain in the Universe, originally appeared in the animated series about Batman in 1992, and later adapted to comics. In the story, Harley is in love with the Joker and is his main associate, who, like her favorite, hates Batman and his team.
Margot now knows not only this: she recently felt the taste of fame. “I realized that I was famous when, during the break between the filming of the“ Suicide Squad, ”I decided, as usual, to go for ice cream. Several dozen people pounced on me with cameras and notebooks. The feeling was terrible. The guards had to get me out of there.
For the next week I went to the store in makeup, with two tails and short shorts. So everyone thought that I was just a fan of comics that was pacing the streets in costume and waiting for the actors. Almost no one could recognize me. ” Margo suddenly falls silent. “But you don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining! ”
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