Batman supervillain Harley Quinn will be joining Gotham in next week’s season 3 finale. It’s no secret that the popular comic book series has strayed from the source material with regard to characters and stories. Although Bruce Wayne is still a young man, several characters (each of whom have integral roles in Batman’s overall story arc) have already established themselves as some of Gotham‘s most notorious criminals — and the producers intend on adding more.
Last year, executive producers Ken Woodruff and John Stephens mentioned plans to introduce Harley Quinn — or, at least, a version of the character in the vein of Jerome Valeska’s Joker — sometime in the series’ third season. Shortly before the back half of the season aired earlier this year, Stephens started to tease fans about the character joining the fold in the season finale. We now have confirmation that Harley Quinn will officially be joining Gotham next week.
Gotham star David Mazouz, who plays Bruce Wayne on FOX’s comic book series, was at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in London this past weekend, where he very candidly told Movie Pilot that Harley Quinn will appear in next week’s two-part season finale.
“She’s going to be in the finale. Stay tuned.”
Announcing the impending inclusion of Harley Quinn begs the question: who will become the supervillain? The logical choice would be Erin Richards’ Barbara Keen, whose personality and association with Jerome makes her the prime candidate to become Harley Quinn, not to mention her evolution in the criminal world. She even spent some time inside Arkham Asylum. Plus, the club she runs in the series is named The Sirens, an obvious reference to the comic book series Gotham City Sirens featuring Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.
Although several villains from Batman’s iconic rogues’ gallery have appeared on Gotham, such as Penguin, Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and Hugo Strange, the producers have avoided identifying any character as the Joker. Therefore, to introduce Harley Quinn in such an overt manner could indicate a change to that unspoken policy.
What’s more, it’s interesting that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are allowing the character to be used on Gotham at all. People will remember that Harley Quinn was supposed to join Arrow as part of the series’ Suicide Squad team, but those plans were later scrapped (and the team suddenly abandoned) when it became apparent that the studio wanted to save the character’s live-action debut for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film. At this time, it’s unclear if Harley Quinn will be an entirely new character, or if the producers will repurpose an established character — such as Barbara — for the role. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Gotham concludes season 3 with ‘Destiny Calling’ and ‘Heavydirtysoul’ next Monday on FOX.
Source: Movie Pilot