Warning: potential SPOILERS for Birds of Prey
The first look at DC's Birds of Prey movie and its star, Harley Quinn has finally arrived, offering glimpses of all the DCEU's new Batman comic cast members. But Margot Robbie may have let a far bigger secret connecting Harley to Batman slip... one that suggests she's no longer the criminal fans met in Suicide Squad.
Rumors of a slightly different Harley Quinn coming to movie screens have circulated for some time, right down to her Suicide Squad tattoos being removed. But it's always been hard to tell which of those reports were wishful thinking from Suicide Squad's detractors, and which were conscious decisions behind the scenes of Birds of Prey. The newly released teaser footage shows Margot Robbie sporting all the same (visible) tattoos, but it's a photo of Harley Quinn's new wardrobe that seems to be the most potentially shocking clue.
That's all thanks to Harley's new necklace, trading a collar from her "Puddin" to a pendant bearing what may be a new kindred spirit: "Bruce."
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Harley Quinn's "Bruce" Necklace
Interested fans looking to see the evidence for themselves shouldn't try to spot it in the teaser video, but instead look to the Harley Quinn selfie posted by Margot Robbie on her Instagram account. The confirmation that Birds of Prey was truly in production made headlines... but that also meant fans may have been too excited to take a closer look at Harley's necklace. We're referring to the silver one in the shape of a dog bone, completely in focus, and hard to miss once it's spotted. The necklace bearing the name "Bruce," which many will take as a clear nod to the Wayne billionaire who saved Harley's life before apprehending her (a flashback included in her Suicide Squad introduction).
The questions raised are obvious ones: how could Harley Quinn know that Bruce Wayne is secretly Batman? Is this meant to suggest that Batman's secret identity may be known by other Gotham criminals? And just what does the necklace itself signify between Harley Quinn and the caped crusader - devotion, or a cruel joke? Before we dive into answering those questions, we should probably explain an alternate argument, which would mean this necklace isn't a reference to Bruce Wayne at all.
Bruce Wayne... or Bruce Timm?
There is a possibility that the necklace is intended as a nod to Bruce Timm, one of the co-creators of Harley Quinn for the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. While Timm and co-creator Paul Dini were referred to by the makers of Suicide Squad in conversation, such overt Easter Eggs to Timm and Dini weren't prominently featured in Harley's debut. That would certainly explain away the necklace, but it should be remembered that in taking such a photo, fans were expected to make a connection to Batman (DC's most famous Bruce). Not to me tuon that the main reason why pundits, comic fans, and bloggers would point to Timm is that it's a simpler explanation, not necessarily a better one. "Well.... she can't mean Bruce Wayne, right?"
But what if the most obvious answer really is the correct one? What if Harley Quinn now wears the name of her masked hero and fellow Gotham antihero around her neck? And if so, how much does it tell us about how Birds of Prey's Harley will have changed for the better? Trust us, not only would Harley knowing Bruce's secret be the more exciting answer... it would also bring Harley closer than ever to her current comic form, with her days as the Joker's plaything long behind her.
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