Harley Quinn Sets Up a Near-Romance With a Fellow DCEU Icon | CBR


WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the story “Lightning In A Bottle” from Strange Love Adventures #1, now on sale from DC Comics

Harley Quinn’s typically flirty nature means that she’s gotten plenty of romantic potential with plenty of characters. But one of the most surprising — and most powerful — possible paramours for Harley just revealed themselves to also be an upcoming movie star.

The story “Lightning In A Bottle” from Strange Love Adventures #1 by Stephanie Phillips, Jon Sommariva, Rex Lokus, and Pat Brosseau teases a short-lived romance between Black Adam and Harley Quinn that — thanks to the current circumstances of the DC Extended Universe — could potentially happen in live-action.

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“Lightning In A Bottle” focuses on Harley Quinn in the immediate aftermath of an off-panel breakup with the Joker years before the present-day. Angry at the world, Harley took out her frustrations by covering the Hall of Justice in spray paint — earning the amused attention of Shazam. But their ensuing fight actually quietly impressed a nearby Black Adam, who proceeded to break Harley out of prison. Seeking a strong and tenacious queen for Kahndaq, Black Adam proposes they quickly marry — even offering to imbue her with his powers if she accepts. Although Harley briefly accepts this potential relationship (and even gains the power of Shazam for a day), she quickly ends up getting cold feet and returns to the Joker when he calls her back and convinces her to give him another chance.

In the present day, Harley remains in a happy and committed relationship with Poison Ivy — and swears that her brief tryst with Black Adam really did happen. It’s a funny little story, but one that speaks to Harley’s adaptability as a character. Harley’s ability to meld well with pretty much any character is evidenced by her interactions with Black Adam, with the pair developing a bond within moments of knowing each other. Their brief but flirty meeting even sets up an unlikely but potentially fun DCEU counterpart. Margot Robbie’s portrayal as Harley Quinn has been one of the most consistent and important arcs in the DCEU. Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson is set to debut his incarnation of Black Adam later this year, with a reported appearance by the JSA potentially setting up Adam joining the team.

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Considering they’ll both be in the same universe and played by two of the world’s most famous movie stars, the suggestion that a brief romantic interlude might exist between them could be a precedent for their meeting. While their vastly different power levels and histories would have made a meeting between the pair unlikely, it’s clear now that Harley Quinn and Black Adam could potentially have some fun chemistry if they got time together. They even could potentially understand each other in an unlikely but vital way. Both Black Adam and Harley Quinn began life as villains, and have slowly transitioned into more heroic forms over the years. Especially lately, Harley has been accepted by Batman’s allies while Black Adam proved himself enough to join the Justice League.

The two could bring these directions to the DCEU and become genuinely redeemed figures — and find a level of understanding with one another. Given Harley’s open romantic freedom  — and her willingness to attack men who she sees as monsters, as in The Suicide Squad — it could set up a minor comedic moment to briefly pair her with Black Adam, especially if they suddenly broke up.

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