The 1992 cartoony Harley was good of its time and her drama with Joker was okay back in that time before Mad Love came out but I cannot tolerate her being around the Joker if she's only gonna be abused and used by him. It's been proven that Joker only sees her as a toy in SS and there is no logical or sane point in having her around the Joker if romance was the deciding issue. It's not just with romance that held the character back, it's her constant co-dependence issues and role of being the punchline for other peoples' jokes. I'm gonna say it, the old Harley was weak-willed, dependent, had extremely low self-esteem and let her need to be in a relationship she has with one man define her entire existence and purpose.
Despite the superficial changes made to Harley's appearance, she was the same bubbly clown girl we know but upped her jokes and her self-esteem. She no longer sees herself as someone to be walked on and take unnecessary hits for. She's no longer a doormat and despite her affections for Deadshot and the surveillance on them both, it's clear that she expects herself to be treated like a human being with talents and dreams. But it seems like no one can get past her new redesigned appearance rather than the personality.
All I hear is complaints of how she's a slut (even though everyone keeps forgetting about her tryst with Jimmy Olsen in her own comic series and that she slept with her professor to get her psych degree pre-Flashpoint), weak (uh...I guess nobody has read SS#16 when she killed that Cobra lady with the electrical barb on her tail), how she's a female Joker (this, as much as I tried to get it, it still doesn't make much sense since Harley is more human than Joker regardless of the chemical bath and was proven in SS#15.)
Regardless of the hate she gets, I've truly grown to love this Harley because in a way, she has surpassed her old predecessor by finally getting the guts to leave Joker for good and gained some well-deserved self-esteem and independence of her own character.