Excellent article with Fantastic examples. Thank you Jason!!
In an effort to scrounge up some inspiration/desperately hope something triggers an article idea, I googled “best superhero couples.” Three results on the first page have Harley Quinn and Joker on their list. I googled “best DC couples.” Two results on the first page have Harley Quinn and Joker on their list. What’s going on? Why are they on those lists? One can’t justify anything sexy about a psychopathic abusive manipulative violent egotistical supervillain dating anyone, much less the emotionally-shattered and deranged Harley Quinn. I don’t want to judge the readers’ personal preference, but tell me, what’s romantic about this?
Harley Quinn has only existed for a little over twenty years. And while comic books haven’t always been kind to women (though they’re definitely getting better), is it romance we feel for Harley’s affections? What about uneasiness? Frustration? Anger? Even if the Joker’s capable of love of any sort…
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