A famous piece of pop culture can be adapted in endless ways: A film could be remade in another country, a comic strip may be turned into a cartoon series, and everything ever has x-rated fanfic written about it.
Sometimes the adaptation follows the original closely, like Vinche Vaughn’sÂ Psycho
. Sometimes an adaptation creates something that wasn’t present in the original. For example, Jim Carrey’s Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Â added the character of Mayor Augustus May Who (Jeffrey Tambor), who is, according to seuss.wikia.com
, the film’s main antagonist. Isn’t the whole point of the Grinch that theÂ villainÂ is, like, the Grinch?
Regardless, sometimes something magical happens. In some cases anÂ ancillaryÂ work will create a character or feature that is such a hit that it becomes adopted into the original work (like how
Is this making sense? Do we all understand the concept now, does this make sense to you? Good. Now here are my four examples:
#4. Harley Quinn
You know her as the Joker’s girlfriend. She’s the comic book character that goth girls in high school would wear t-shirts of even though comic books were like totally lame. If I had to guess, I’d say she’s the Batman character with the more pornographic drawings of her available online (Catwoman is a close second, but I think Harley Quinn’s alt/punk/emo vibe would give her the upper hand). Hell, Â Kevin Smith even named his daughter after her (to clarify, this is a separate point than the hentai thing).
She’s maniacal, sick and twisted. She’s exactly the type of character who would fit at home with the dark era of Batman when Robin was getting murdered.
And yet”¦ sheÂ made her debut in Batman: The Animated Series episode 22: “Joker’s Favor” in 1992.
She didn’t make it to the comic books until 1997’s Batman Thrillkiller, and even that was part of DC’s Elseworlds line of non-canon stories.
She wouldn’t officially join theÂ Batman comic book canon untilÂ 1999’s “No Man’s Land” storyline.
So when you see a girl dressed as sexy Harley Quinn (as if there’s any other kind of Harley Quinn) next Halloween, just remember that this is from a children’s cartoon, not the comic books (which are, like, seriously okay to read at any age).