Artsygirl1234 asks: For the nexts Batman Movie do you think it be cool/wise, to bring in Harley Quinn the Jokers number 1 henchwench into the story?
You know, I'm always surprised at this question. I've been getting it a lot lately. I totally understand the love of Harley...but a lot of people don't realize she was never part of the Batman world until recently. She is a product of the Batman Animated series of the 90's - a creation of genius animation artist Paul Dini (along with Bruce Timm, but let's be honest, Quinn is SOOOO Dini it hurts) back in 1992. Now for a lot of our audience, that is a substantial part of their Batman universe. But for guys like me who didn't grow up with the character, she is a cool but new addition to a universe that we can't quite get enough of right now.
I mean, we now have 6 batman movies over the course of 19 years - and how many villains have we seen? We've had two Joker movies. Two Two Face movies. Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Ra's Al Ghul and the Scarecrow. I would like to see some of the Bat's other villains make an appearence before someone like Harley Quinn. Especially since a good Harley story requires the Joker - something we will never see again in a Christopher Nolan Batman film.
No, I think we're gonna see something...different. At least I hope so. I'd love to see a Phillip Seymour Hoffman Penguin movie - or a Killer Croc film - or a Deadshot story - Clayface - or Bane. Or, what I'd really love to see in Nolan's universe is Dr. Hugo Strange - the mad psychologist who learns Batman's identity, but wishes to steal it for himself. As much as Nolan's universe hinges around the cracked psychology of the Batman characters, this character would fit right into the creation of it all. As an added bonus, he was actually one of the Batman's first recurring villains - an oft neglected point in fandom as he actually predates The Joker and Catwoman. Either way I want to see the next film go in a different direction rather than trying to duplicate this film's inevitable success. But I REALLY want it to stay as cracked and fractured as it is now, and I personally don't believe Harley belongs in that universe. She's adorable, she's fun. But I can't see her being anything more than an extension of the Joker story - and that is something we sadly have to move on from.
And just in case anyone asks: NO. The joker should not be recast. End of discussion.