As most of you know I am a huge Harley Quinn. In fact I would claim to be her number one fan. So when I see a release of....
Honestly? As if Arkham Asylum wasn't already a mutilated beyond return sexed up version of adorable Quinn, all I can say as it least she had blonde hair then. Now honestly this no longer even represents her character anymore. First off I would like to begin to break down the general concept of her original costume and inspiration. It was when Doctor Quinzel first began her work at Arkham the Joker spoke of rearranging her name to form the word Harlequin. I see some diamonds and the same color pattern? Where is the Harlequin to my Harley Quinn? In fact where is Harley Quinn? This resembles her in no way and defeats the purpose of her character I will explain why in a minute. I am so angry I can hardly process my thoughts at the moment. If I was to analyze this character with no backstory of Harley Quinn (which I am because in my mind I am still thinking this can not be my Harley) This girl holds no dedication to whomever, the reason for feeling this way is her outfit which is exaggerated in a way that makes her look per say "easy" . Harley on the other hand is extremely loyal to her man, and wears while skintight a more conservative outfit giving the inference of loyalty and sticking true to the HARLEQUIN CONCEPT!!! Her name was made for her outfit. If she is not dressed for her name and outfit, why not create a new character? It is easier and less destructive. This in no way represents her conceptually. On the same, yet another note, this costume in no way represents her personality either. Harley is a fun loving character she has a more goofy aspect than as stated earlier “easy” aspect being pushed and portrayed here. Another horrid and awful thing being changed as I pointed out earlier that was kept even in the Arkham City and Asylum her blonde hair. Harley signature trait, or at least one of them, was her false blonde locks she prided herself on. Taking away Harley’s blonde hair is one of the signatures being shredded, but also let us notice her makeup change? This signature and classic look has been changed just enough to make it lack that Harley cute flare, but now is more like a bad character design for makeup in some gothic movie. The design, I would argue, from a more personal standpoint of doing costume design as I do, is overall weak and forgettable in a way that they have made Harley into an almost generic form of tramp. Now back on the representation as being a tramp, Harley is not a stupid girl. She was a psychiatrist, while she is insane Harley is innocent in certain ways and is not the kind of girl you would find working the corners.
Harley’s character has been demeaned by this costume change and has lost the very essence that we have all associated with Harley for so long. It seems to me that DC believes by using a cheap and sexed up Harley she will gain more fans. In all honesty I think they are going to lose a lot more with this play. It is bad marketing and has my title stated demeaning.
*Edit- I am referring to her outfit not the series, this whole blog is about the outfit and nothing more not the series