While most people call the second month of the year February, DC Comics will be referring to February as “Harley Quinn Month.” The character, first appearing in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor”, was never expected to take on a life of her own. Her creators, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini didn’t even expect her to become such a hit and it wasn’t until they saw her animated that they realized they were onto something special. In an interview with Timm in Modern Masters Volume Three, the prolific illustrator and animator went on to say “It was a combination of the personality and the voice- Arleen’s voice- and the visual. It was “Wow! She’s a doll.” She’s a great character; you just realize we caught lightning in a bottle.” And “lightning in a bottle” indeed as she is about to take over 22 comic book covers, have her own fashion line, and be given the on film treatment in next year’s Suicide Squad!
During the month of The Joker’s on again and off again girlfriend, Harley Quinn, DC Comics will release 22 different variant covers for all of their main titles including Batman, Superman, and Quinn’s own solo series. There will also be an additional Harley Quinn comic book published alongside her ongoing entitled Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1. The book keeps up the tradition of specials that have seen Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic-Con and Holiday Special.
For some time now, Hot Topic has been a hub for all things Harley Quinn and this year will see the introduction of the Harleen Collection. The collection will include shirts, pants, dresses, lip balm, and almost everything else you could think of. Her dynamic and immediately recognizable look has certainly infiltrated more than just cosplay and expect to see plenty of Harley as it grows closer to the August 2016 release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
As we grow closer to the filming of Suicide Squad (cameras are expected to begin rolling this spring), Margot Robbie revealed in an interview that in regards to the cinematic development of her character “None of those things have been set in stone at this point, but according to the comics, she’s from New York and I think Brooklyn, so there may be a slight… I couldn’t imagine it would be as strong as the Wolf of Wall Street accent. The lingo will be the difference between that and the other character I played in ‘Wolf’ but I don’t know yet. We haven’t spoken about it.” It’s been an exciting time for fans as speculation runs high on what version of Harley Quinn we’ll be seeing on the big screen. Many believe that we may see something of a cross between her appearance in the fan and critically acclaimed Arkham video game series and her appearance in The New 52 comic books. Either way, Margot Robbie seems to be a terrific choice for Harley Quinn and I personally look forward to seeing her play off of Will Smith’s Deadshot and Jared Leto’s Joker!
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