As an elderly Harley Quinn looks back on her life, she and Poison Ivy reminisce about a mysterious new Robin who might have very close ties to Batman.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for “Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy in … The Beginning” in DC: Love is a Battlefield by Tim Seeley, Rebekah Isaacs, Kurt Micahel Russell and Travis Lanham, on sale now.
As part of the DC: love is a battlefield special anthology, an elderly Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy remembered their life together in Harley’s last moments. While recounting their adventures together as a couple, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy recall a time when they negotiated a forced truce with Batman at some point in the future.
By the time this occurs, Batman, his allies, Harley and Ivy had shown visible signs of aging. While Batman, Harley, and even Nightwing have more than a few streaks of gray and white in their hair, this scene also featured the unspoken introduction of a new female Robin, who sat and watched the proceedings not far from Batman. While no information is provided on this character, the context of the scene suggests that she could be Helena Wayne, the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, who is destined to become Batwoman.
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As Harley and Ivy recalled, one of their last capers involved Ivy trying to reconstitute the Amazon rainforest with Lazarus-infused plant seeds. While this was apparently a good thing, there was also a very decent chance it would go terribly wrong. Naturally, Batman and his family came to stop her and Harley. The fight was only stopped when Ivy revealed that she had somehow discovered Batman’s true identity. However, after decades of knowing him, Ivy decided not to blackmail him, but to form an alliance to help the planet.
Several members of the Bat-Family attended the truce, all of whom were showing signs of middle age. Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl, and Huntress were visibly a few decades older than they are today. However, this new Robin still seemed to be in her late teens or early 20s.
Given the approximate period of her appearance, as well as her age, this Robin could very well be Helena Wayne, especially since her costume is almost identical to the one Helena Wayne from Earth-2 wore in 2012. Huntress / Power Girl: Worlds’ Finest # 0 by Paul Levitz, Kevin Maguire and Wes Craig.
As Batman / Catwoman has confirmed, Bruce Wayne appears to marry Selina Kyle, and they most likely have a daughter named Helena. With a few variations, this scenario has played out over several potential timelines, and Helena usually joins the family business and becomes the Huntress or even the newest Batwoman. However, Helena’s New 52 era Earth 2 stories established that she worked as Robin in her youth. And by the time the alliance between Batman and Poison Ivy was made, enough time would have passed for Helena to be born and trained as Robin in the regular DC Universe as well.
Whether this Robin is Helena Wayne or not, she’s just the latest in a line of young women to take on that iconic mantle. Carrie Kelley from The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley, popularized the idea of a female Robin in another possible future story. Stephanie Brown also took up the mantle for a time, before being forced to fake her own death and revert to her Spoiler identity.
Given that the general story about Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy is effectively another potential alternate future unto itself, there is no guarantee that this Robin will be a certainty somewhere in DC’s future. But even if this is just one of many worlds in the DC Multiverse, there is another Robin waiting in a Batman future, and this one could hit very close to home.
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