The Animated ‘Harley Quinn’ Series Will Feature Damian Wayne’s Robin, Superman Telling Dad Jokes [TCA 2019]

/Film | 7/23/2019 | Fred Topel
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The summer Television Critics Association press tour began with DC Universe’s presentation of Harley Quinn. The animated series is full of R-rated language and violence that they can get away with on streaming. The voice cast includes Kaley Cuoco as Harley, Lake Bell as Poison Ivy, Diedrich Bader as Batman, Alan Tudyk as The Joker, and JB Smoove as Frank the Plant.

Executive producers Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Jennifer Coyle spoke to the TCA about Harley Quinn, along with their cast. We learned how this differs from other DC animated series, what arc Harley will follow, which Robin you’ll see, and what word is too far even for Harley Quinn.

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Batman and The Joker do resemble their Batman: The Animated series models, although they don’t act quite the same. The idea is to view Gotham City from Harley Quinn’s point of view, which means she looks down upon many of DC’s icons.

“From the get go, the pitch was the show is from Harley’s perspective,” Schumacker said. “Gotham is going to be a lot brighter and more technicolor. The way we portray the heroes who are ordinarily lioinized, we can have a little fun at their expense. Batman is real buzz kill and Superman is a guy who tells dad jokes.”

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Kicking heroes down from their pedestals is always fun, and you’ll hear them all swear. “I think this is the first ever adult TV-MA animated comedy set in the world of superhero/supervillains,” Schumacker said.

Harley Quinn will have Joker plots and other superhero battles for Harley to foil, or plot herself. The show can also spend more time on Harley’s down time when she’s not plotting, as well as the other villains’ coffee breaks.

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“In those [other animated] shows, you see a lot of really tense action and battles,” Halpern said. “Our...
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