About that jacket: Harley Quinn spotted on Gotham?


Did we just get a glimpse of Harley Quinn on Gotham? The May 8 episode “The Primal Riddle” might have given fans a sneak peek.

There has been a lot of speculation about the identity of the Gotham version of Harley Quinn. Gotham showrunners have hinted that Harley Quinn will make an appearance before Gotham’s season 3 finale, and it looks like we might have seen her in the May 8 episode, “The Primal Riddle.”

Once again Erin Richards’ performance as Barbara Kean was fantastic as usual, but it’s a particular item of clothing that has me thinking that she might indeed be Harley Quinn. Indeed, take a look at the jacket she’s wearing to visit the Riddler. It’s red and blue. 

Erin Richards as Barbara Kean on Gotham, Courtesy IMDB

Harley Quinn is known for wearing lots of red and black, but since the advent of Margot Robbie’s performance in Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn has been adding some blue into her wardrobe.

Could this is a subtle hint at what’s to come?

It’s hard to believe that Gotham showrunners would include a detail like that without realizing it. Surely this is part of a plan, a plan to either confirm that Barbara Kean is Harley Quinn, or a plan to throw everyone off the trail. Either way, it’s fun to speculate because Erin Richards is so much fun to watch.

Some fans have said that it doesn’t make sense for Barbara Kean to become Harley Quinn because she is in her 30s and the man who will become the Joker, Jerome Valeska, is barely 20. This is indeed an issue because Bruce Wayne is still a teenager, and it doesn’t make sense to have Harley Quinn so much older than everyone else. BUT we have a fix for that: The guy from Indian Hill. Gotham has been able to tweak the Batman timeline already with clever plot twists like taking Ivy Pepper from a child to an adult through the help of that mysterious inmate at Indian Hill. If he’s still alive, he could render Barbara Kean into a younger version of herself, or he could make Jerome older. It’s still a stretch, but it could work.

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Even if Barbara Kean doesn’t turn out to be Harley Quinn, she steals every scene she’s in with her over the top psychosis.

Gotham airs Mondays at 8pm on Fox.