Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy explore their relationship, but on a date, they accidentally recreate the iconic “Distracted Boyfriend” meme.
CAUTION SPOILER for Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Snap! To kill. Visit # 3!
While Harley quinn and Poisonous sumac are adept at evading the law, they cannot avoid being turned into memes. Comic book characters aren’t new to internet humor, with plenty of heroes and villains found in memes all the time. After all, the comic book medium lends itself perfectly to the typical meme format, so it makes sense that the two intersect frequently. And as the popularity of memes increases, comic book readers are seeing more and more creative teams joining in on the fun, with titles such as Night wing and The Incredible Spider-Man with some striking examples. Now, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn continue the trend as the two Gotham City anti-heroes put their own spin on the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme.
Anyone who has surfed the internet in the past few years has likely come across the “Distracted Buddy” meme in one form or another. Originating in 2015 in the form of an archive photo by photographer Antonio Guillem, the image really came to light in 2017, as internet users around the world began to share it as a comedic and relatable display of disloyalty. . Guillem’s original name for the photo, âTreacherous man walking with his girlfriend and staring in astonishment at another attractive girl,â gives a fairly comprehensive description of what’s going on in the photo, and the premise has generated a host of unique pastiches. across the web. Of course, many versions with comic book references can be found online, but a few folks at DC Comics decided to include a little tribute to Guillem’s work in the panels. Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Snap! To kill. Visit # 3.
A sequel to the animation of HBO Max Harley quinn TV Show, Tee Franklin, Max Sarin, Marissa Louise and Taylor Esposito’s Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Snap! To kill. Visit # 3 follows Harley and Poison Ivy as they try to explore their romantic feelings for each other on a wild road trip. Unfortunately, lovebirds aren’t able to fully relax as they constantly find trouble wherever they turn. From a deranged Commissioner Gordon who wants to stop them at all costs, to a version of Hush who totally exudes toxic masculinity, Harley and Ivy face all kinds of obstacles. Even so, the powerful couple’s misadventures are filled with hilarious moments, including an obvious nod to the âDistracted Boyfriendâ meme. In the middle of the number, as Harley and Ivy walk into a fancy restaurant, a man in the background can be seen staring at them open-mouthed as his girlfriend reacts with a jealous and angry expression.
While the familiar scene can easily go unnoticed and isn’t an essential story detail, it’s a fun Easter egg for fans to spot. It also helps to convey the desire of comic book creators to embrace other aspects of pop culture in their projects. These creators note that not only are memes easy to incorporate into comics, but thanks to their popularity, a wide range of fans are likely to recognize these outside references. This has led to a growing number of memes in the comics, with characters associated with Batman acting as the main culprits. From the Dark Knight himself to Catwoman and Red Hood, it seems like no one in Gotham is immune to becoming a meme.
Finding references in the comics is always fun, so it’s nice to see Harley and Ivy jump on the meme train. The humorous moment fits in perfectly with the tone of the series and adds to the wacky antics found throughout the pages. Considering how the intersection between comics and memes is likely to expand, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more instances happen in later issues. Anyway, I hope Harley quinn and Poisonous sumac have better luck in their relationship than the “Distracted Boyfriend” couple.
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