Cosmic Crossovers: Deadpool and Harley Quinn

Deadpool and Harley Quinn: Would Her Crazy Match His Crazy?

Deadpool and Harley Quinn, two characters often called “crazy” (though for very different reasons) could be a match made in a chemical bath. Or they could tear one another apart. Let’s take a look at the portrayals of both characters in recent movies and a few comic series to see how the two would do.
Movie Portrayals: Weird Love: Both Harley Quinn (aka Dr. Harleen Quinzel) and Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) are very monogamous to those they love, Quinn to a dangerously obsessive point (why else would you dive into a chemical bath), though Wade wasn’t much better by stalking Vanessa instead of showing her his ugly mug (how shallow does he think she is?). They both have been tortured, both had massive make-overs, both have killed, and both like black and red. Plus, if push comes to shove, both can be team players, though they work well alone, too.
Abandon Ship: Movie-wise, their true loves are both still alive, so that would be a tough sell to break them apart. Also, Deadpool’s foul mouth alone, though full of sarcastic wit, doesn’t match Quinn’s smart, to-the-point assessment of life. “You own your shit,” Quinn says in Suicide Squad, a piece of her former life as a psychiatrist coming out. Plus, I don’t see Quinn as a drawing-with-crayons kind of girl (but there’s Deadpool coloring book coming out). She’s more of a “paint the town red” lady.

Comic Personalities: Their comic book stories tell a little more about their personalities. On the one hand, they are both classic antiheroes, and occasionally pair up with unlikely allies. The similarities may stop there. In the comic books, Deadpool is usually on a mission, always claiming he is not a hero, is married three times, and has an illegitimate daughter in one series. In the newest version, he is working for Steve Rogers (aka Captain America). His path seems to be leading to more hero than not.

Harley Quinn, on the other hand, fluxes back and forth between antihero and villain.  When the Joker is involved, she’s villain pretty much all the way. However, when she manages to get away from him, she does work with Poison Ivy and Catwoman in an antihero capacity, and has even gone so far as to try to be “good” in some series, though in the New 52, after her break up with Joker, she goes on a killing spree. While Deadpool goes on killing sprees as well, his are usually mission-oriented.

Outcome: Abandon Ship
While Deadpool is crazy, Quinn looks for a different kind of torture in a partner, so she might have some trouble building a relationship with him. In the comic book world, Quinn’s wishy-washy ways wouldn’t match Deadpool’s mission-oriented persona. She can’t decide whether or not she wants to be a villain. Whereas Deadpool, who isn’t a hero, remains firmly on the side of himself and vengeance. There isn’t much change to his attitude, motives, or mouth.  I’m pretty sure at some point, Quinn would be down for dealing with the Merc with a Mouth, if he even struck her fancy to begin with. She seems to like purple and green on a man (or woman), so maybe Hulk would be a better fit. But Harley and Deadpool don’t seem to work.

Up Next, see how Zenescope’s Queen of Heart and DC’s Two Face pair up, and if the Princess of the Amazon, Wonder Woman would fit with a man of his people, Black Panther from Marvel.

Angela Spires

Angela Spires

Angela is a teacher by day, grader by night. She is a writer when she can squeeze it in. She is a comic con nerd fanatic, who attends at least one con a year, and has been to SDCC twice. She loves comic book art, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, and Emma Frost. Her true love is her daughter, who she is training to be a Jedi (jk- maybe).
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