GOTHAM: Guest star Francesca Root-Dodson in the “Penguin, Our Hero” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX

It is no longer news that ‘Gotham’ is taking liberties with Batman’s rogue gallery and now we’ve learned that the same thing is happening to Harley Quinn. Instead of being Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, Ph.D. we’re seeing having involved into the character. Between her look and use of the word Puddin’, it is clear that as much as they have created a unique iteration of the Joker, Ecco can be a new take on Quinn.

The reasoning behind this comes from showrunner John Stephen:

“A lot of it was like, I’d seen that actress for the first time last year, just seeing the range she has and how good she was working sort of as Jeremiah’s henchman. Because we could never do the Joker-Joker, we could also never do Harley Quinn. Well, we thought, ‘If we can do a proto-Joker who’s not quite the Joker, but who we could draw antecedence to, why couldn’t we do the same thing with Harley?’ And so we started taking a lot of the same elements of madness and anarchy, and the sort of mad love that Harley has, and placing it into the Ecco character. She plays through the entire season, you know, with Jeremiah, and it’s just a really fun, twisted, energizing relationship with the series ending.”

Stephen was asked if he loved being able to deliver a fresh take on the character and exclaimed:

“Oh yeah, absolutely, because you’re building on so much. You have so much that came before in all the different versions that you can then, by tweaking certain small elements, you can send it in a very different way. So it’s existing not just as this thing itself, but also existing in relationship to what it’s commenting upon that came before. So it has this great texture, both as writers when you’re working with it, and I think for viewers when they come to it fully informed by the history and that character.”

Are you excited that Ecco has ended up as Harley Quinn in ‘Gotham’ or were you hoping it would be another character? Do you think we’ll see a real Harley Quinn and Joker emerge before the series comes to a close or do you prefer the show going this route? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Cinema Blend