DC confirms Harley Quinn was NEVER obsessed with Joker, here's what Batman revealed in 'Gotham Game 2'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: This tale is as old as time and all DC fans will agree. Everyone who follows DC not religiously will assume that Harley Quinn was obsessed with Joker, their "toxic love" has been an epic love story for all the viewers. However, the long-perceived notions by the fans are apparently wrong. The Joker's sidekick and love interest, Harley Quinn was apparently not obsessed with the antagonist alpha male at all. It was apparently just abuse.
The ex-lover of 'Joker' was seen as much happier and a better version of herself when she got into a relationship with Poison Ivy later in the DC comics. It is still unknown if this storyline will be adapted by DCEU any time soon. Although, Margot Robbie who has been seen playing Quinn's character since 2016 won't be taking up the role for the upcoming 2024 movie, 'Joker: Folie a Deux.' Regardless, Harley Quinn has had several love interests, the most notable being 'Joker' and Poison Ivy. Other love interests include Mason Macabre, a character created by Conner and Palmiotti.
According to ScreenRant, DC Comics has officially confirmed that Harley Quinn was never really obsessed with Joker. Their relationship is known for its abusive and co-dependent nature, first established in Harley's first origin story 'Mad Love.' The Joker habitually abuses Harley, and despite the abuse, Harley Quinn returns to him. In 1999's one-shot comic 'Batman: Harley Quinn,' the 'Joker' decides to kill Harley, after admitting that he does care for her, that their relationship is romantic, and that these feelings prevent him from fulfilling his purpose. Regardless of all these, things flip when Poison Ivy comes into the scene. Ivy was first introduced as a new friend to Harley by Dini in the 1993 Batman: The Animated Series episode 'Harley and Ivy,' although it has not been introduced to the DC's film universe yet.
In 'Gotham Game 2' which was developed by the creators Tini Howard, Blake Howard, Gleb Melnikov, and Will Robson, it shows that Batman and Nightwing are in the Batcave where they are going through Punchline's criminal record to find out what is her next move. During this investigation, they watch a video clip of her declaring her love for the 'Joker.' Batman tells Nightwing that “she confuses love with obsession,” when the latter tries to compare Punchline to Harley Quinn. Regardless, Batman passionately and sternly disagrees with him and shares the piece of information that reveals Harley never had an obsession for Joker. On the other hand, Quinn “fell victim to direct manipulation” and abuse which took her years to overcome. Although, she did end on the brighter side when she released “herself free of his emotional depredations” which made her an even better antagonist than 'Joker' could ever become.
In the comics, Ivy and Quinn are shown as best friends turned lovers. Unlike most villain team-ups, their partnership is based on genuine friendship and mutual respect. Ivy sincerely wants to save Harley from her unhealthy abusive relationship with the Joker. Accordingly, Poison Ivy despises the 'Joker,' and the two exchange vicious banter at every opportunity they get. Quinn's origin story features her as a former psychiatrist at Gotham City's Arkham Asylum named Dr. Harleen Quinzel who fell in love with the Joker, her patient, eventually becoming his accomplice and lover, both in the movie and the comics.