"As we looked through the comics, there was this fascinating idea that Batman’s presence in Gotham actually attracts criminals to Gotham, attracts lunacy. When you’re dealing with questionable notions like people taking the law into their own hands, you have to really ask, where does that lead? That’s what makes the character so dark, because he expresses a vengeful desire."
Christopher Nolan


Bruce Timm’s original rough panel of Harley seducing The Joker from BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE and the final printed version.

"Editor Scott Peterson was a wee bit nervous about some of the ‘sexier’ elements of the story, mostly in the ‘Harley’s Inept Seduction’ sequence. I talked him into running most of it ‘as is’—Harley could keep her nightie as long as it was red, not any kind of see-through ‘flesh’ color, and he reluctantly signed off on her provocative poses in the first two panels of page 21. Panel 3 was redrawn upon request.

I thought Paul Dini’s ‘rev up your Harley’ line was brilliantly ‘punny’, and I had drawn her as if she were riding an old-style chopper, leaning back with her feet in the air. It looked more ‘goofy’ than ‘dirty’ to me, but I agreed to tone it down.”

—Bruce Timm



God this show was dark.