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The Dark Knight Trilogy Epilogue: Harley Quinn by kinjamin The Dark Knight Trilogy Epilogue: Harley Quinn by kinjamin
Just in time for Halloween!

With a Nolanized Harley Quinn I wanted to do a couple things:

- To keep as much of her original design as possible. I'm not sure what drives people to redesign her. Don't get me wrong - I dig her look in Arkham City. But there's something very pure and elegant about her O.G. Bruce Timm look. (Note I just said Arkham City. The Arkham Asylum look is bearable. The New 52 look is horrid.) Plus in TDK they kept the Joker's outfit pretty much intact, so I figured this would be a nice parallel. It's not exact, of course (circus tights might be a stretch) - but I kept the major shapes and where the reds and blacks go.

- Make her outfit something you can feasibly buy at any goth store. I guarantee you can go to Melrose or the Haight and buy something far more outlandish then what I've presented here. In her origin from the animated series, she literally goes to a store and grabs all the necessary pieces for her costume in one swoop.

- Kind of predictable, but I did give her half of a cut smile. But I wanted her to be more surgical about it so I had her use a scalpel (Which is what she's holding in this image. Those aren't butter knives.)

The idea came to me because in Nolan's world, Batman's sorta sidekick took over the job. So why not Joker's sorta sidekick also do the same?

I can't take any credit for the story beats here. It's really a mish-mash of Paul Dini's Mad Love, The Dark Knight Returns (Joker's state of mind) and a bit of David Mack's Kabuki: Metamorphosis (which is an excellent read, btw)

Anyway, hope you guys like it. Initially I was going to do Barbara Gordon next but with Oct. 31st coming up and some requests for a villain, I figured it would be a good time to break the monotony of Bat heroes.

In the near future ill do an Ivy piece so I can touch up on their partnership (wanted to do it here but didn't have enough room)

By the way, I really hated putting the '' link on the bottom left. I'm not a fan of watermarks or artist stamps. I feel like they offset the whole piece. But I've seen my stuff on various parts of the web without quoting me as a source and it's getting me really annoyed.
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
That's an interesting idea. The Joker twists Harley's mind without doing a thing. You could debate whether he consciously manipulated her, whether her own unstable mind caused her plunge into insanity, or both. And I love the art. Clap 
kinjamin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
If you're asking if there's characters I'd like to in Epilogue style, I'd do all of them if I had a good design and idea that wasn't too derivative of what already exists. Had a good idea for Ventriloquist, if I can find the time to do it. 
mynameiskalel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  New member
I've been admiring your work ever since you did "Epilogues" for the Nolanized Bat-characters. Would there have been other characters in the Nolanized Bat-verse you'd like to work on as well? Keep it up!
uraeusmax Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Whoa. Just... Whoa!!!
hunterXIII Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student
I love the rose vine embroidery on her clothes
Bat-teen29 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I really love your art work! It's amazing! Your harley quinn design is just beautiful! As are all your others. I would really like to see a Riddler story done by you, I think your story ideas are epic so I think you could do him really well!
Keep up the great work! :D :)
TheDawrkKnight Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
When Batman quit/retired the Joker checked himself into a adult behavior center, and went into a catatonic state, it wasn't until Batman returned that he went back to his old way, this of course was seen in the dark knight returns. But I'm sure that during the 8 year absence of batman in the Nolan movies he (batman) made a couple of vigilante stops without being seen by the feds so it's possible for be joker and Harley to have has escapades, if Kinjamim can mold that Into his Nolan verse batman it could build for interesting stories, I mean of he can fuse, Bruce Timms, Nolan's & Frank Millers batman into 1 it would be the best sh!t ever! & maybe. Grant morrisons lol.
Mike39201 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
JGL as batman vs hmmmm Amanda Seyfried? as Harley.
darkphyre0 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design you went for here. Capturing the heart of the classic with the feel of the modern. Gorgeous!
allen-mikk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Harley, leave the poor Joker alone! Can't you tell he needs some time to get over his boyfriend's death?
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