Gotham City Sirens: Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn’s Bisexual Relationship


After the success of Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie got her way and now a Harley Quinn-focused movie is in the works. What we know now about Gotham City Sirens is that the screenplay is being directed by David Ayer, though the screenplay is still in writing. The storyline for the movie takes place just before New 52 is set, and the movie shows Harley Quinn living in with none other than Poison Ivy. In her usual style, Harley is wrecking havoc and the killer duo decide to kidnap Catwoman and work together.

It’s great to see Harley break out on her own and away from The Joker. It looks like Ivy is the one who helps her heal and becomes that person that comes between Harley and Joker to finally break that toxic bond. The two anti-heroines first met on Batman: The Animated Series. Though at first their relationship was platonic, things soon changed as they began to stay together

Is it because you love me?

DC earlier confirmed that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are “girlfriends without the jealousy of monogamy”. In fact, the Rebirth series focuses heavily on their bisexual relationship. This will be the first time that comic series on the big screen is bringing together two women characters, so openly.

The storyline of Gotham City Sirens will be able to fill in the blanks for us from where we left off in Suicide Squad. The 2016 blockbuster was more about the blossoming relationship between Harley and The Joker. But this Quinn-focused film will be on her sudden remembrance of the times Joker betrayed her and her sudden urge to kill him. Ivy plays the part of healer, taking her away from the poison that is The Joker. But Harley is a slave to her emotions, and when she goes to kill him, she ends up trying to break him out of Arkham Asylum.

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn

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Ivy tries to intervene, but is finally defeated by Quinn. Harley has realized that Ivy is in love with her since the beginning, and uses this mental warfare against her. Ivy breaks out of the Asylum and seeks revenge against her paramour.

Will she ever stand by herself? Will she ever be ready? She’s in the throes of madness. She sees him, her brain flooding with adrenaline – it makes her excited, nervous – then the feelings start to fade and she needs more. And more. She sees it as a passion, she sees it as love. But it’s not. It’s addiction. And she’s relapsing.

So Ivy realizes that Harley is just addicted, and instead of focusing on destroying her, she looks to distract her mind and instead look to Catwoman, and find out the true identity of Batman. In time, Harley leaves both The Joker and Poison Ivy and goes on a solo journey, ultimately leading to New 52 reboot, as seen on the Suicide Squad. So, we can say that it was Ivy’s love and sacrifice that saves Harley Quinn, unlike The Joker’s abusive relationship. Gotham City Sirens will really help the LGBTQ community in a big, being represented for the first time through characters.