The second season for Telltale Games' Batman: The Enemy Within has already managed to get underway, and it definitely started with a bigger bang than the first season, which worked almost like a Year One re-imagining of the Dark Knight. Well, for the second episode of the second season, the popular villain Harley Quinn is making an appearance in the game.
According to Game Informer, Harley Quinn will make an appearance in the second episode of Batman: The Enemy Within as one of the mysterious individuals that the Joker alluded to during the first episode.
The news was revealed by Telltale Games to the press, in preparation for the release of the second episode for the second season of Batman: The Enemy Within. The second episode will apparently arrive for the home consoles, mobile devices and PC starting next month in late September.
The episode will introduce gamers for the first time to Harley Quinn in Telltale's universe. Game Informer is reporting that Telltale wanted to give a different take on the character while also keeping the core elements intact. Harley has really grown in popularity lately, probably in large part due to Margot Robbie's take on the character in the highly controversial Suicide Squad.
As you can see in the image above, her getup rings a lot closer to the likes of her appearance in Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City, where she has the clown makeup on and the whole red-and-black leather motif going on. It's obviously not a direct lift off the Rocksteady design, though. While she still has the black and red bodice, black leather pants and boots, Telltale decided to go more with a street punk look for Harley instead of the Gothic-clown design that Rocksteady made famous in the Batman: Arkham series.
Telltale will also attempt to portray a very different kind of power dynamic between Harley and the Joker, the likes of which we haven't seen before. There have been a lot of experiments with Joker and Harley over the years, given that there's been a lot of reinventing how the characters interact and are displayed. We've seen Harley break off from the Joker and hook up with Poison Ivy for a while, and in the Injustice universe we even got to see Harley take a turn toward the "good" side when she joined up with Batman to fight against Superman and Wonder Woman. Harley was even one of the main characters during the Injustice 2 storyline.
In the case of Telltale... it's tough to tell exactly where the developers will take a story. During the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series, we saw how the writers laid the groundwork for the Joker in the form of the mental patient "John Doe." He was a conniving and unpredictable force of nature who helped Batman out a couple of times. During the second season, the Joker's appearance has been limited but significant, especially with his anxiety building on having too much "freedom" outside of Arkham Asylum.
I'm sure the Joker's anxiety will likely play a big role in how he hooks up with or interacts with Harley Quinn during the second episode.