It feels like a Harley heavy week with the recent Birds Of Prey trailer dropping recently. And now we have final confirmation on the release date for DC Universe’s announce Harley Quinn animated series.
In a recent event that centered around Harley Quinn, DC announced the premiere of the show at New York Comic Con this week. It will hit their streaming service in late fall. Read on for all the details you need.
The DCU HQ Pop Up Featuring One Harley Quinn
The event was naturally timed to premiere at the New York Comic-Con, one of the year’s biggest comic book events. The Pop-Up Activation was a massive tribute to Harley Quinn. The event featured everything from costumes and props from the new live-action movie, Birds Of Prey, in which Harley is the main protagonist. Her iconic mallet and a pair of roller skates from a scene in the new film, in her trademarked colors, are on display. But the Harley homages was no only for, or in service of, the new upcoming Birds Of Prey movie alone.
The character’s long history through the comics to animation to the eventual big-screen films were all chronicled in a brilliant art introspective. The event saw many of DC Comics and WB head honchos present. While other artists were present to showcase their art and inspiration of Harley Quinn, no other artist made as much an impression as DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. The comics legend was creating live art of Harley Quinn on the walls during the event.
The Fantastic Popularization Of Harley Quinn
The biggest takeaway from the DCU HQ event at NYCC 2019 was the announcement of the release date of the new animated show. The new series is set to debut on DC Universe on November 29, 2019.
We’ve long heard about this show being in development, ever since the live-action Quinn introduced new audiences to the amazing craziness that is the character. With Margot Robbie’s influence behind the character, Harley Quinn quick became one of DC Universe’s most bankable characters. So much so that even after Birds Of Prey, Robbie is set to reprise the role in James Gunn’s iteration of The Suicide Squad.
Image via DC.
And it only makes sense that Harley gets her own animated series. Unlike other DC Comics characters, Harley Quinn’s debut was on an animated show, the classic Batman: The Animated Series by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992. Since then she’s become a staple of DC, forging alliances, both with and without Joker, and creating her own path in the universe. Post Suicide Squad, the film that launched the first live-action Harley Quinn, the character’s popularity reached new heights.
Before Birds Of Prey came about, a Joker and Harley live-action movie with Jared Leto and Robbie returning for a twisted love story, was supposedly in development. Many collectively sighed in relief seeing the project never materialize. But the Harley we ended up getting in the Birds Of Prey trailer is everything we wanted and more.
The Long Awaited Harley Quinn Animated Series On DC Universe
The new DC Universe original’s creators are Justin Halpern, Dean Lorey, and Patrick Schumacker, who have previously worked on another comic book property, iZombie. The series sees the adventures of Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) after her breakup with the Joker (Alan Tudyk). And along for these (mis)adventures is her BFF, Poison Ivy (Lake Bell). The premise seems very much like a coming of age story where a woman has to find her place in the world and what defines her, without her significant other. Oh, and she’s a villain and certifiably insane.
It’s a wonderful adaptation of an endearing premise applied to a villain in a world of superheroes. The comedy elements of the show also promise a never before seen perspective on this world and its characters.
Image via DC.
The Harley Quinn Animated Series Cast Is Spectacular
The Harley Quinn series features an all-star voice was that is insanely exciting. Kaley Cuoco is the new Harley, and the rest of the supporting cast is just as amazing. Diedrich Bader, who voiced Bruce Wayne and Batman in the highly successful Batman: The Brave And The Bold, returns. Christopher Meloni plays Jim Gordon, along with Sanaa Nathan as Selina Kyle and Giancarlo Esposito as Lex Luthor.
The premise for the series sounds incredibly similar to the beginning of the Birds Of Prey trailer. So it’ll be interesting to see how the animated series differs from the live-action movie, which releases in February 2020.
DC Universe’s First-Ever Adult Themed Animated Series(!)
One of the best things is that the new Harley Quinn animated series is an adult animated comedy series.
While Harley and Joker usually walk a fine line between being vulgar and violent, Harley’s usually relegated to a PG universe. And this is despite the psychotic depiction and gory actions that area usually implied to and hinted at by the two supervillains. Even the live-action Harley was a PG-13 edition of the character. So could the animated series finally let Harley loose into an R-rated world of vulgarity and gore? It definitely looks like it. And why not, given that Harley’s ex boyfriend has his own R-Rated movie, Joker that’s causing a little bit of controversy itself.
DC Comics’ animated properties thus far have been PG to PG-13, with a few notable exceptions. The DC Universe originals, on the other hand, have been blatantly explicit. Titans features fan-favorite characters dropping F-Bombs left and right. While Doom Patrol took things to yet another sexually explicit level with their freedom of the Mature MA rating.
It makes sense for a character like Harley to be playing more in the adult arena than the teen-friendly PG-13. It definitely will be interesting to see how it all plays out in an animated world. The trailer released at SDCC 2019 makes it clear just what kind of a gory, brutally violent and hilarious show this will be.
The DC Universe original Harley Quinn animated series will premiere on November 29, 2019.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.