Nightwing & Harley Quinn Get Married in DC's Future
Warning: SPOILERS for Old Lady Harley #2
They may have started as enemies, but Harley Quinn and Nightwing obviously got along at some point, since DC Comics reveals that at some point in the future, the two of them got married... until Dick died in the line of duty.
This isn't the first time that Dick Grayson and Dr. Harleen Quinzel have been romantically linked, either as a passing joke, or as a more substantial story line. DC caused a recent controversy when an animated film showed that Harley Quinn and Nightwing had sex, so it remains to be seen if fans will be more or less upset about their marriage. Of course, her wedding with Nightwing isn't the weirdest thing in Harley Quinn's newly-revealed future...
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Harley Quinn's Ex-Husband, Dick Grayson
The future husband(s) of Harley Quinn are revealed in the pages of Old Lady Harley #2, DC's own answer to Marvel's Old Man Logan. Where the original revealed the grim future wasteland of Wolverine, Old Lady Harley is a tongue-in-cheek imitation of the same story (with elements of Back to the Future, Mad Max, and more added in for flavor). Beginning just five years into the future of DC's current timeline with Harley Quinn's murder of The Penguin, the story jumps three decades further. The world has collapsed into wastelands and cruelly-guarded cities... and Harley's romantic wake is just as destructive.
One city that has actually survived is Gotham, thanks in large part to the now-constant surveillance of Batman's army of Bat-robots (a commonly recurring solution he eventually turns to in the future). But Harley has to wonder if more than just a quest for order now fuels the Batman, as Bruce sits wired into his automated army, staring directly at the trophy case holding Nightwing's costume. She believes that it might be in response to the death of Nightwing... her "ex-husband."
While this is the first confirmation of Harley Quinn and Nightwing's love affair and marriage in the pages of Old Lady Harley, writer Frank Tieri make reference to it back in Harley Quinn #42. It was in that issue where the idea for Old Lady Harley was born, before being given its own miniseries. And it was also the first place where it was revealed that she had exchanged wedding vows with Dick Grayson... and a few others. This future timeline of the DC Universe also keeps the alternate-Earth wedding of Harley Quinn and Poisony Ivy in canon, which makes perfect sense (as the pair have been longtime lovers of one sort or another in the main DCU).
But based on her history with Nightwing and his death as revealed in this version of DC's future, there is reason to believe that the love between Dick Grayson and Harley Quinn is more than just a throwaway gag.
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That Time Harley Quinn & Nightwing Slept Together
As we mentioned earlier, the fact that Old Lady Harley suggests that Harley and Dick fell in love and were married is guaranteed to draw their love scene back into the spotlight. Back in 2017, the animated feature film Batman and Harley Quinn reunited the trio of heroes and villainous sidekick - specifically, the versions that fans knew and loved from the original Batman: The Animated Series. And while the movie's version of Dick Grayson seemed to be apprehensive, then definitively less so about being tied up in Harley's bed, the fan response didn't quite match his sheepish grin.
For one major, justifiable reason: in the original Animated Series Harley Quinn was an adult woman while Dick was still a prepubescent boy. Thanks to the completely malleable timelines and ages of comic book characters, the movie allowed Dick to close the gap and enter a (heavily implied) sex scene with a Harley far older than he was. But for fans who preferred to think of these characters as their original counterparts, the turn to such a mature reunion was less than welcomed (still not as bad as the Batman/Batgirl sex scene from The Killing Joke, but not great either).
However, the scene makes as much sense from a character and plot standpoint in the film as it does in the comics. Keep in mind, this is the modern version of the heroine we're talking about. In other words, the Harley Quinn who realized Joker's abuse. And the version of Harley Quinn who got revenge on Joker before making a life just for herself. A life outside of crime... and a life in which a fun-loving, obliviously adorable fella like Nightwing could actually be appealing...
Nightwing & Harley Makes Sense (Until He Died)
There are guaranteed to be a LOT of comic book fans who would prefer to imagine that in the future of the DC Universe, Nightwing ended up with Batgirl before any other potential mates. After all, Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon have had an on-again, off-again romance for years (decades, but who's counting?). For those fans, there may be little reason to trust that Harley's marriage to Dick is anything but a joke. And back when it was first alluded to in Harley Quinn #42, it seemed to be exactly that, with her marriage to Nightwing just one of several, including Killer Croc, Catwoman, her comic book allies Frank Frank and Tony Delfini, and even the head of Gary Busey.
But by revealing that Nightwing was killed in the line of duty at some point in the next three decades of DC's future, the storytellers have changed the odds. Nightwing stands out from the other marriages as one far less convincing as a whim, or flight of fancy (Catwoman now being married to Killer Croc, as well). The first assumption would be that if Harley and Dick ended up together, it would be as heroic equals. So if the end of their marriage could be explained through his death, as opposed to divorce, then maybe Dick and Harley did get their happy ending, after all?
Hopefully that mystery will be cleared up by the rest of the Old Lady Harley series, but for now, does it ring true to you Nightwing fans?
Old Lady Harley #2 is available now from DC Comics.