Catwoman is Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s matchmaker

A story from the Harley Quinn 30th Anniversary Special reveals that Harley and Poison Ivy’s relationship may have been the result of Catwoman’s role in Cupid.


Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s romance is a sweet bond that has become one of the most emotionally powerful bonds in both characters’ lives and in the DC Universe as a whole. Even when they are apart, they remain firmly in each other’s minds. But it turns out that another character could have played a crucial role in their low-key set-up.


“Submissive” (by Stjepan Šejić and Pat Brosseau) from the Harley Quinn 30th Anniversary Special highlights the important role Catwoman played in the creation of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. It also adds another layer to Selina Kyle’s friendship with the two women.

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The “Submissive” story focuses on the early days of the trio’s relationship. In this storyline, Poison Ivy accused Harley of being unable to escape Joker’s orbit. Hanging out on Harley’s windowsill, Catwoman quickly agrees, calling her her “submissive” and noting all the ways she allows the Joker to control her life. Both under Harley’s skin, Catwoman watches her take a chaotic crash course through Gotham City, attacking Penguin and causing mayhem in the city to prove her individuality and assertive nature.

In the end, Poison Ivy saves Harley and takes on a slightly dominant tone while getting her out of trouble. This catches Harley’s attention but annoys her at the same time as it proves that she is ready to be the more submissive partner in a relationship. Notably, the moment is revealed to have happened because of Catwoman – who had also spoken with Poison Ivy separately. Hear her talk about Harley and her fears of returning to the Joker. Selina instead argues that if she could replace the Clown Prince of Crime as the dominant presence in Harley’s life, she could keep her from returning to Joker.

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It seems that it was Catwoman who pushed Poison Ivy into some role in Harley’s life – and it worked out pretty well. In a way, this suggests that Selina essentially played matchmaker with her friends, securing the romance that remains one of the few humanizing things about Poison Ivy – especially after her recent return to villainy. Catwoman’s keen eye saw the chemistry between her fellow Gotham City Sirens and may have been a crucial figure in shaping their relationship.

This theory gives more depth to Catwoman’s friendship and loyalty to both women. Recently, she nearly made a move on Harley when the two were spending the night together at a hotel. But Selina specifically mentioned how their hearts belong to other people, and they shouldn’t spoil that. Her words make the scene very sentimental and heartfelt, confirming that she cares about her friends’ happiness.

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