DC Comics has been using twitter to reach out to fans as of late, and on June 12th, they had their #HarleyQuinnChat to interact with their fans and respond to questions about DC’s beloved character. Fans of DC’s book Harley Quinn could tweet the creative team behind the book during their Q&A session. Two of the many tweets that were answered by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti revealed some insight about Harley Quinn’s sexuality.
For those who don’t know, Harley Quinn is a character created by Bruce Timm for DC’s Batman: The Animated Series. She quickly became a fan favorite, and thus began appearing in the comics. She was created to be the Joker’s girlfriend. However, one of her most important relationships in the show, which was then carried over in the comics, is with Dr. Pamela Isley.
Pamela Isley, also known as Poison Ivy, has always had a strong friendship with Harley. However, in recent comics, their relationship has moved from friendship to one that is more romantic. Fans during the #HarleyQuinnChat tweeted the creative team about this developing relationship between Harley and Pamela. The team was not afraid to respond to tell their fans that Harley and Pamela do have a romantic relationship.
DC has been working hard to add more diversity to their cast of characters. By confirming the lead in their best-selling, female lead comic, they have added LGBT+ diversity that is visible to a large audience. No one can pretend that Harley calling Pamela her girlfriend is platonic. No one can pretend that the kisses the two share are platonic. Their relationship has to be recognized as romantic and queer because that is the intention of the creators.
DC has not only confirmed the queerness of these two women, but they have also confirmed that they are not monogamous. Let’s hope DC shows more of this!