Warren Newsom strikes again with the first Harley redesign:
"I wanted Harley to look flirty and fun, so while I got rid of the pigtails, I gave her a cute, short 'do. I ditched the domino mask in favor of more harlequin-esque face paint. Her shoulder bag is inspired by Felix the Cat’s bag of tricks."
Next up are several newer and first-time contributors!
"I redesigned Harley Quinn with the Chris Nolan vision of Gotham's finest in mind. I wanted to give her a realistic edge so she could exist in the 'real' world as envisioned in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. To be the girlfriend of the Joker as imagined in The Dark Knight, Harley would also be physically scarred, but I took the concept one further and gave her self inflicted scars upon her wrists and neck as well as her smile - taking the 'Mad Love' angle one step further. In addition I imagined her as an addict because, homicidal tendencies, heavy drug use and suicidal tendencies would be required in anyone who hopes to win the heart of the Joker."
"A few things I wanted out of this Harley design: I didn't want her to be a stripper (like the Arkham Asylum redesign) and while I wanted a punk influence, I didn't want her to be too Brody Dalle. While Harley's hardcore and bat**** crazy, she's also cute and playful. When you clad her in leather and an excess of belt buckles you lose that part of her personality. I went with a slightly more Avril Lavigne fan-girl look and was inspired by Lavigne's hoodie-with-horns as a means to include more of the original design."
"Harley Quinn, as she might appear in the Batman movies directed by Chris Nolan.
Harley's re-re-designed costume for the upcoming game Arkham City already looks Nolanverse-ish, so I used that as my jumping off point, but it needed some changes. First, I replaced her thigh-high platform boots with something a little more practical, a pair of steel-toed s***-kickers. Then I added a white, button-down shirt, to reference that she used to be a respected professional. I gave her back her mask, because I think that's an important part of her look, but I got rid of the makeup. Finally, I took her traditional weapons, a comically oversized pop gun and mallet, and brought them down to a more real, dangerous place."
"I wanted a more traditional harlequin suit for this one, adding a kinky twist. I tried to keep it almost monochromatic, with just a few hints of color in the cheeks and fingernails, leaving the skin and hair almost white."
Editor's Note: Matthew didn't leave any thoughts on his piece.
"Years on the road with 'Puddin´' has left poor Harley scarred, both physically and emotionally. Now the once beautiful and witty Harley is nothing more than a mindless Killer Doll obeying the Joker's commands without questioning, no matter how depraved they may be."
What do you all think? So far, every take is different, and that's just what I hoped for!