First look at Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn in ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’

Check Out Lady Gaga’s Style as Harley Quinn in Joker’s “Folie à Deux” as Seen So Far

In Todd Phillips’s take on the Joker, the character is portrayed as exceptionally disturbed, sparking debates among critics about the implications of such a portrayal amid ongoing violence in the United States.

Adding Lady Gaga to the sequel appears to be a strategic move to attract more female viewers to the theaters. Lady Gaga is not only a global pop icon but also an accomplished actress. She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in “A Star Is Born” (2018), and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Shallow” from the same movie. More recently, in 2022, her role in “House of Gucci” was notably overlooked, despite her acclaimed performance.

Harley Quinn the Clown Criminal

The first glimpse of Lady Gaga as Quinn was as dramatic as any Hollywood blockbuster. While Margot Robbie’s vibrant, playful portrayal of Quinn in “Suicide Squad” has won many fans, Gaga seems to be charting a different course. Teaming up with Arianne Phillips, the renowned costume designer celebrated for her work in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “A Single Man,” Gaga’s version of Quinn presents a grittier, more worn look. Dressed in a red satin blazer with tulle sleeves, paired with a corset top, a leather mini skirt, and sheer tights, all adorned with the character’s iconic harlequin diamond print, her ensemble conveys a compellingly tawdry vibe.

Harley Quinn the Arkham Asylum Patient

From the outset, Lady Gaga’s portrayal of Harley Quinn introduces a fresh take on the iconic Clown Princess of Crime. Notably, she’s depicted as a patient at Arkham, deviating significantly from her traditional backstory where she started as Joker’s psychiatrist in “Batman: The Animated Series” before descending into villainy. This alteration positions her more on par with the Joker, adding a unique twist to her character.

Furthermore, the dynamics between Harley and Joker seem reversed in this adaptation. According to a popular fan theory, it’s Harley who entices the Joker back into his criminal ways, a stark contrast to their usual relationship dynamics. Scenes from the trailer where Harley applies Joker’s makeup, traces his smile on a glass divider during a visit, and her whispering, “I want to see the real you,” all suggest that Harley might be the driving force behind Joker’s return to villainy. This role reversal makes Gaga’s Harley a potentially more manipulative and pivotal character in the storyline. FYI, Folie à Deux, is French for “madness shared by two people”.

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