"People couldn’t possibly want to play Injustice if Harley’s crotch and boobs aren’t hanging out, we must give her an awful, hideous, Mortal Kombat-like costume." WHAT IS WRONG WITH USING HARLEY’S CLASSIC COSTUME?!
I shouldn’t have included that bit about her classic costume…just to be clear, this isn’t a complaint that she isn’t wearing the exact same costume from Batman the Animated Series. This is more so a complaint about every female character in fighting games having her boobs and crotch hanging out. I’m probably the minority here, but it drives me crazy. I’m not trying to body shame and I realize that showing some skin doesn’t automatically equal “too sexy.” I believe her classic costume, even as it fully covers her, is sexy, even more so than one that shows a lot of skin. I mean, it’s a skin tight catsuit! But I personally think this new one is an ugly costume despite any other factor. AND, even if they are trying to make Harley her own character, not reliant on the Joker, thus minimilizing her clown makeup, her costume should still be harlequin inspired and I just barely see that here. I understand the classic costume doesn’t exactly fit into the more realistic world they are trying to create, but I don’t think this costume is the more realistic answer. Other commenters (not all shown in this specific feed) explained it with better articulation. I’m not great with words. But I do have more to add to touch on some of the other comments on my “bitching.”
I’m not a complete dumb dumb, I do realize that the creaters of Injustice are the same creators of Mortal Kombat…so why wouldn’t her costume be MK-like? Maybe I should have seen it coming, but I guess I hoped for better. In Game Informer’s interview with Ed Boon, he actually said “the real message is that this is brand new, that this game has its own identity and we don’t feel like we have to follow any kind of previous template of Mortal Kombat.” So doesn’t this seem like the perfect opportunity to depart from the outrageous female costumes of MK?
I am thankful that it is at least not quite as bad as most of the MK character’s costumes. However, just because we’ve seen more scantily clad women in previous fighting games, does not mean that makes me happy to see it again.
Also, the New 52/Suicide Squad just isn’t really a valid argument here. While the creators want to stay aware of the comic book fans, they “aren’t following the timeline of the New 52 or any other timelines for the DC characters. The character designs are ours…” And even if inspiration for her Injustice costume was drawn from her New 52 costume, there has been much criticism on the over sexualization of Harley (and other female characters) in the New 52, so can you really be surprised that this one is scrutinized as well?
But I should quit my bitching because I’m just a crazy feminist who is stuck in the past and hasn’t a clue what she’s talking about…and at least she doesn’t look like Mileena, right? :P