Harley Quinn is turning 25 years old, and Paul Dini dropped by to talk to DC All-Access about the character he and Bruce Timm created as a one-time henchwoman for the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series.
Dini had no idea the character would become so iconic. He says she was just a fun character to throw into the series for a few episodes. But Timm came up with a really good design, and Arleen Sorkin used a fun voice, and the rest is history.
Herleye debuted in the Joker’s Favor in 1992 and didn’t come back again until The Laughing Fish in 1993. After that she didn’t seem like a rank-and-file henchperson anymore, and he liked the energy she had with the Joker. She just kept showing up in the series after that.
Dini has also contributed a story to the Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special, a short story called Birthday Blues. It’s a look at Harley’s bad luck with birthdays, starting back when she was five. It looks to be a sad story, as the Joker once again breaks his promise on her birthday and Harley tries to throw herself a party.
Dini is also working on Harley & Poison Ivy meet Betty & Veronica. The writer explains at these are four of his favorite female characters of all time and how it’s great to pull them into the same world. The short basis is that Mr. Lodge is about to do something not very eco-friendly near Riverdale, and it gets Ivy’s attention, which leads to her and Harley going on a road trip and Harley becoming enamored with the idea of going back to high school.
The co-creator of Harley talked about other versions of the character he really likes. On that list are what Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are doing with her, Margot Robbie‘s portrayal in Suicide Squad, and when Bruce Timm tells story with her.
Dini will be celebrating the Harley Quinn takeover of Batman Day this Saturday at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles from 5-7 p.m. He’ll be doing a Q&A and a signing.