- One of the most popular female characters in comics and film, created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for Batman: The Animated Series as the Joker’s girlfriend / sidekick, then incorporated into the DC Comics.
- An offshoot of the Batman universe, Harley has become hugely popular on her own as a lunatic villain the readers love, featured in her own titles and Suicide Squad.
- Made even more popular by Margot Robbie’s portrayal of the character in the Suicide Squad movie
- Written by Harley Quinn’s co-creator, Paul Dini, building a thoroughly fleshed-out history of the character,
Synopsis: Dr. Harleen Quinzel became a psychologist to deal with her own broken family background. At Arkham Asylum, she attempted to treat the Joker and instead fell hopelessly in love with him, helping him escape. Quinzel became Harley Quinn, a bizarre contradiction of violence and mercy who blames Batman for her inability to maintain a stable relationship with the arch-villain.
Aauthor Biography: Paul Dini is best known as a producer and writer for series including Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, and Batman Beyond. He contributed scripts to Transformers and Animaniacs, and wrote and story edited for the adventure series Lost. He’s written for DC Comics titles including Harley Quinn and the graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story. He’s won five Emmys, the Eisner, Harvey, and Annie awards.