A Harley Quinn movie. It would be simple as it is abundantly clear that with a Harley Quinn movie you get everything people want in a villain but enough growth potential to make a full movie, even a trilogy.
We know one thing, Harlequin is smart and inquisitive. No one just fucking strolls into a PHD!! Man or woman, sane or insane.
Christopher Nolan’s dark knight proved simple enough that technology does not mean smart like it used to. The joker never had to invent a single thing to show how brilliant he was.
First thing to do is look at Harley Quinn from a common sense perspective, of course using as much comic history as possible. She’s a girl in Gotham, and most likely from Gotham otherwise her ability to get away from a crime scene literally makes no sense. So being a girl from Gotham there’s definitely a clear enough picture that her work route at some point crossed mugging, rape and murder central. So her having a raised ability to use a gun and self defence skill would be easily justified. A whole lot fucking more than the cat burglar catwoman being able to beat the shit out of trained mercenaries from the league of shadows.
Why can catwoman beat the shit out of fucking trained mercenaries?
Why? Because REASONS!
But I digress, It’s Gotham which we all know is fucked up so people bursting into your home isn’t silly concern at all. So if there was ever a reason for paranoid knowledgeable people with a gun Gotham has one(both a paradox and an oxymoron in one sentence, fuck yeah!)
As for exactly how the joker wins her over is another story entirely as that is a more tricky thing to balance as that can go wrong easily enough(See Star Wars). As far as we can tell she is not genuinely insane but is devoted to the point of insanity.
The easiest most logical route for this is the confidence route along with the ‘new philosophy’ group. By ‘new philosophy’ I basically mean make the joker have a reason for loving anarchy. Not a logical one by any means, not even a linear one. I’ve read enugh philosophy to know a lunitic to cobble together something that would impress other lunatics, hopefully without creating mass murderers.Basically you make a ‘way’ of the joker, it doesn’t even have to be something the joker follows exclusively but something that would pull directly into her life, making her a zealot. I really sea Eat, Pray, Love meets a Clock Work Orange. Give her an awakening, a reason. Which may seem to go against her narrative but wait for it. [Side note if you need me to come up with the insanity that drags her down and takes the audience with her, YOU DON”T HAVE TO PAY ME. I WILL DO IT]
To make her life have value, give her something to leave behind when he crosses from sanity, a friend, a sister, hard core fans will hate it but basic fans and first time watchers of her story will love it. Most especially if you make her friend, sister or roomate a super hero. This will drive people crazy as you would have to absolutely rip apart another teen level super hero storyline from DC, which I’m personally okay with. Yes not all heroes and villains are equal, so sacrifice a weak hero’s arc for this movie.
Again, yes. This will piss hard core people off but it will not alienate them as they will be a step ahead by knowing who the hero is. It is totally worthy as this is a very effective method of creating sympathy and add a very human element of vulnerability(without having to beat her up, you don’t have to beat the shit of a woman to feel for her) as she becomes more hesitant in direct murder of heroes but as creative in playful murder attempts.
Anyway Joker outlines his fake life story(important to all joker fans and a part of her history) while outlining his philosophy which draws her in as she sees it in everything she lives and everything she does. Create a villainous, female, Arkham prison leader, maybe the woman in charge of the suicide squad as she has to get them from somewhere.
Here is a video link describing the DC suicide squad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JqL5s6wCgA
By using her, you have something for the fan boys and girls while at the same time creating an antagonist who is still technically a good guy but bad enough so you relate to the bad guys. Here’s where the fun comes in. By disliking the antagonist you yourself make yourself the antagonist by association. The trick of course being subtle. That I leave to the imaginary director.
As for how the story from the point of escape moves…well actually that’s simpler. You make the joker an abusive, manipulative asshole who is pushing her into the background.
Imagine with me:
The first movie where you see the timers being charged, where you see the traps being set up and shown being played out. (Now I know you’re thinking, FUCK I”M BORED ALREADY, but this can be done well, the best example being the waiting at the toll booth in the godfather.)
Now imagine the actually close calls with the police, because those are actually constant thrilling moments that for some reason no super hero movie, with the exception of maybe green hornet tried. But this time from a bad guy perspective where the bad guys put their own lives first, second and third.
I can already picture Harley Quinn hiding at first then simply shooting her way out of being chased while being barked at by dogs, climbing fences. The first time it’s rough gritty, painful and weakens her, the second time, it’s smarter, smother even sexier the second time. the next time it is borderline cocky.
The basic point is that you get a two way look at Gotham city, the actual city and Harley’s physical development. We see her go from doctor to useful crime villainess.
With this we get to see her on multiple fronts.
Her love story, her as a love sick criminal. Which in this decade is absolutely frowned upon, by…well if we are honest…NO FUCKING ONE!! Basic mother fucking love stories are not dead! Not even close to dead! Don’t get me wrong syndical mother fuckers out there have altered the flow of traditional love stories forever, which is not necessarily a terrible thing but when you burn all variations of love stories from the smouldering piles of crap of Twilight to Romeo and Juliet to the brilliant insanity of Othello. There are no laws on love, so her story can never be inherently bad. Especially if you make it levelled.
Her emotional story, is simple. She’s a survivor, a girl with a tough childhood that she never really let go of but sat with it. She didn’t have a chip on her should so much as a massive sore spot that her inner masochist is determined to continuously poke and stab and pinch until she tries to break it with friendship(with a future super hero! DO IT) and her psychology degree. Her emotional story alters sharply by meeting the Joker, changing the trajectory of her life all before the climax hits.
Her physical journey is special because without montaging it there is great opportunity and most importantly REASON for her to be able to move and defend herself. This is fucking Gotham! She’s got to look after herself. She trains to protect herself and when she becomes a starter villain she improves. You watch the whole event as she improves constantly.My point is realistic growth, a dark edgy realism that would draw you the viewer in.
Now as for the climaxes.
Now this is the most important part as there are multiple elements to be addressed here. But, not to be a dick but I think I have addressed them.
Romance, this is a story of heart break, yes she’s in love with the joker and for all his manipulative skill, one could argue for good reason, until the joker turns on her which is big deal enough for her to turn on him. Which is where the heart break comes in. This, if done well, enough to tug on the heartstrings of everyone there without effecting at all the morality issue, so no one will have a moral reason against it, in the most basic sense. She loves him, he’s a fucking dick, but she still loves him.
Ethical and mental. This is pretty open and shut. You see her being a good person. She has an internal masochist tendency that forces her to draw on the negative experiences on her which pulls against her need to dominate win while balancing against every human’s cultural need to just ‘fit in’ until finally her meeting with the joker starts to shatter that until we reach our climax and the true monster with the smile is shown and we finally see her dark side. This is compounded emotionally and physically as she finally accepts her lifestyle choice but the final nail is put in the coffin when she turns her back on her friend sister, roomate to be happy. It’s an ironic and yet cathartic twist on the find your inner beauty cliche.
Physical, she was always athletic, stroke but never confident, emotionally at ease with what and who she was and that shatters completely leaving a full woman who knows who she is and what she can do when she pushes her body to the limits and leaves nothing behind.
All these elements make up a story ending that will likely put them all together in one scene where something happens. I have not at all put a linear story on this for the simple reason that I want the director and the writers to figure that out for himself. It should be their vision. I just want to help set up the frame work.
Maybe get paid.