I will continue to sing the praises of DC Universe’s Harley Quinn animated series for as long as it will take to get everyone to watch it, and with season 1 ending recently, season 2 has just arrived, as the two were made at almost the same time. The showrunners are starting to speak about what’s coming as season 2 launched yesterday, including the blossoming of a romance that many fans have been hoping for.
That would be the friendship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, where the two best friends have been close for the duration of the show, but there have been hints at something more. And that something more will evolve pretty clearly here in season 2, as the showrunners explain. Here’s Patrick Schumacker to EW:
“In recent times, my own feeling of wanting to give people something to hope for means I have let slip a few things on social media. Their relationship definitely takes a romantic turn.”
And Justin Halpern:
“If you go through a bad breakup, it’s not just like, what’s next? Breakups come in stages. We had the luxury of being able to explore what a bad breakup looks like. In season 2 we were really able to explore, what is it like when you realize you have feelings for your best friend?”
The idea of a Harley and Ivy romance first started in the comics, but it was only touched on temporarily, and the storyline ended before it was really explored in any meaningful capacity. The show seems like it’s going to take a much deeper dive into the idea, and honestly, if you think about it, it probably is one of the most high profile same-sex relationships between comic characters we’ve seen across Marvel or DC TV or movies.
Marvel and DC movies have avoided same-sex relationships to an almost ludicrous degree (remember Marvel making a big deal about a single background character being gay in Endgame?) while TV has been a bit different. The Arrowverse is where most of the same-sex relationships in comics media are found, whether that’s the Eva-Sara pairing in Legends or Batwoman being the first gay superhero lead of a series. And yet I would still argue that fundamentally Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are bigger characters, even if less people may be watching this animated show (which is a shame).
I am very curious to see how all this players out in the show. I have yet to watch the season 2 premiere, but the Harley-Ivy romance is unlikely to start immediately, as Ivy is still dating Kite Man and I doubt Harley really understands her feelings just yet. But soon, I imagine. Stay tuned.