Harley Quinn Artist Gives Harls an Unofficial Batgirl Makeover
Comics veteran Riley Rossmo imagines what Harley Quinn would look like if the notorious villainous clown donned the heroic mantle of Batgirl.
Veteran comic book artist Riley Rossmo imagines what villainous Harley Quinn would look like if she donned the heroic Batgirl’s uniform.
The artist posted the new artwork on Twitter with the description “just messing around”. The new costume features a bat symbol transformed into a smiley face and a cowl fused with a classic jester hat. One of Harley’s most iconic weapons, a baseball bat, can be seen dangling from her utility belt.
Rossmo is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and has worked on several well-known comic book series from Image Comics, Marvel and DC. Some of the most recognizable titles include Cowboy Ninja Viking, green wake, Daken: Dark Wolverine, Constantine: The Hellblazer, young justice and of course, Harley Quinn.
Unlike most comic book characters, Harley Quinn didn’t make her debut on the page; instead, she first appeared in the classic cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series. Since then, she’s become one of DC’s most beloved and highest-grossing characters, often rivaling the popularity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. As such, she is often the focus of fan-created content; Beyond Rossmo’s reimagining, a recent holiday-themed cosplay sees Harley sticking together with fellow rogue Batman Poison Ivy.
The character also features prominently in official DC content beyond the comics. Harley has been seen in several DC Extended Universe entries. Played by actress Margot Robbie, she first appeared in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Although it did not perform well with critics, Harley was often described as a highlight of the film. The character then starred in James Gunn The Suicide Squad and in his own film, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Story of Harley Quinn), both of which received positive critical responses.
Harley has also featured prominently in promotional material for the highly anticipated Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. As the name suggests, in this new game, players will control anti-hero squad members and attempt to take down a brainwashed Justice League. While the game was supposed to be released this year, it was delayed to 2023 due to production issues.
In addition, the new poster of MultiVerse, which is the next crossover fighting game from Warner Bros., sees Harley pull off an unconventional high-five with the beloved cartoon duo of Tom and Jerry. The game is due out this year and will be available for free on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
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