17 November 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Harley Quinn

Dr. Harleen Quinzel AKA Harley Quinn was created for Batman: The Animated Series and later adapted into the comic book cannon. As suggested by her name, she is clad in the manner of a traditional harlequin jester. The character is a frequent accomplice of Batman's nemesis the Joker, and is also a close ally of supervillainess Poison Ivy. Harley has also appeared in The Batman and in the live action though short lived Birds of Prey. She has not yet been in a movie, though rumors say that she would have been the main foe (along with Scarecrow) played by Madonna in Batman 5, a sequel to the disaster that was Batman and Robin.

Harley was an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist. She became fascinated with the Joker while interning at Arkham, and volunteered to analyze him. She fell in love nearly instantly with the Joker during their sessions. After helping him escape from the asylum more than once, she was caught by her superiors, who revoked her license and put her in her own cell. During an earthquake in Gotham City, she fled and became Harley Quinn, the Joker's partner-in-crime.

Joker found himself beginning to care for Harley. Naturally, this couldn't be countenanced, so he decided to kill her. After he took an apparently drugged Harley into his bed for what may or may not be the consummation of their relationship, he lured her into a rocket ship, telling her, in part: "I've noticed some changes coming over me since you came into my life. I've been reminded what it was like to be part of a couple. To care for someone who cares for me. It's the first time in recent memory I've had those feelings... And I hate having those feelings!" He launched the rocket, soberly telling an enraged Harley that he will truly mourn her, before erupting into a fit of his trademark diabolical laughter.

The rocket landed in Robinson Park, where Harley first met Poison Ivy. Ivy saved her, but after taking her in, recognized Harley as Dr. Quinzel from the Arkham staff. When Harley regained consciousness, Ivy initially planed to kill her. The prospect of her own death totally failed to move Harley, and Ivy was curious as to why. She convinced Harley to tell her story, and came to feel a kinship with Harley. Considering her another castoff, Ivy offered to help Harley take her revenge on both Batman and the Joker.

Ivy gave Quinn a treatment that immunized her to various assorted toxins and Ivy's own poisonous touch. It also dramatically enhanced Harley's strength and speed. Ivy intended this to give her new friend an edge on Batman and the Joker. Hot-blooded Harley, however, was angrier at the Joker than at Batman, and even initially worked with the Dark Knight to help bring down the Clown Prince of Crime. While Batman eliminated the villain's muscle, Quinn chased the Joker up a damaged building, intending to send him falling to his death. Before she could do so, however, the Joker apologized. Falling in love with him again, she forgave him on the spot.

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Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)
Black Mask
David Cain
Calendar Man & Calendar Girl
Clock King
Crazy Quilt
Floronic Man
Mr. Freeze
Jim Gordon
Harley Quinn

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16 November 2007

Always a Princess Never a Bride

I saw this on TheMovieBlog.com yesterday, and it blew my mind! Watch how this reflecting DVD case keeps the title "The Princess Bride" even when flipped upsode down. There is no way the designer earned what he was worth on this cover. I am tempted to buy this edition just for the fancy cover in spite of its Quintuple dipedness. The version I own came out in 2000, and is one of those DVDs were the title screen looks like a 5th graders web page, and chapter stops are the only "special feature."

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Beowulf is Here

It sorta looks like a feature length video game cut scene, but it also sorta looks cool. Beowulf is here, and in IMAX 3D. If you see it, post your thoughts here. This one looks like it might bust the $100 mil mark. Good luck to you Wulfy!