The Harley Quinn Animated Series: Is It Worth Watching?
Sat, April 10, 2021

The Harley Quinn Animated Series: Is It Worth Watching?

For anyone who’s an absolute fan of the one and only Harley Quinn, you might want to know if the new animated series about her is worth your time / Photo by: vinsky2002 via Pixabay

 

For anyone who’s an absolute fan of the one and only Harley Quinn, you might want to know if the new animated series about her is worth your time. Obviously, because it’s Harley Quinn-related, it’s already such an exciting thing to look forward to, especially since an animated series will help more people appreciate Harley as much as you do, and outside of The Joker’s character too. 

But DC is also notorious for doing their own characters dirty sometimes, and although that’s probably not their intention, years of DC movies that always fell short of the known standard tell us that, well, maybe the company just needs to put in a little more work. It’s not like they don’t succeed. Many of their animated titles have done well in the past and some movies they have recently released seem to feel a tad bit promising at the very least. 

What about this Harley Quinn animated series? What’s the take? 

 

Kaley Cuoco As Harley Quinn

Perhaps the initial point of contention is that Kaley Cuoco, most known for her work in “The Big Bang Theory,” sounded much like herself in the first trailer and now still sounds like herself in the pilot episode. There is absolutely no question who the best Harley voice actor is, though, and that knowledge somewhat puts a damper on Cuoco’s performance. 

That is until the pilot came out and writer Sara Clements of entertainment news website Digital Spy commented that the voice doesn’t seem to be as bothersome as it was first revealed. Like in many things, new things take time for people to get used to. Cuoco’s take wasn’t bad, it was just a little different, a little removed from the Arleen Sorkin’s signature high-pitched voice acting for Harley in the Batman animated series. 

This is a good thing, as far as Clements is concerned, mostly because the show establishes itself as a new franchise, and the best way to make a franchise feel new is to strike a balance between paying homage to the originals in the game while also making it your own, something that Cuoco’s Harley was able to do so far. 

Jacob Oller of Paste, a monthly music and entertainment digital magazine, praised Cuoco for going for it hard and being “endlessly energetic and emotional, while still maintaining perfect comic timing,” the latter something that she undoubtedly learned from being a core cast member in the 12-season-long “The Big Bang Theory.”

Perhaps the initial point of contention is that Kaley Cuoco, most known for her work in “The Big Bang Theory,” sounded much like herself in the first trailer and now still sounds like herself in the pilot episode / Photo by: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

 

The Story

The animated series also leans really hard on Harley’s penchant for this cyclical love-hate she has going on with The Joker. Whether or not that will be explored in the series (though off the bat it doesn’t look like it will be), the story of the series will revolve around Harley and her team of C-list and, well, even Z-list characters in the Batman universe and how, like her, her team of misfits will lay waste to the city so that they will all be recognized as villains in their own right.  

Of course, the bigger portion of that initiative will go into Harley working to establish herself as more than just The Joker’s girlfriend, and that’s what the whole show is going to be about. 

Oller also commended the story for being “silly and engaging enough,” but he also pointed out that the efforts to flesh out our little anti-heroine sometimes falls flat. Nevertheless, it is a good effort to bring the story of Harley out in the open in a way that would come to define her for once, based on her own skillset. 

The series is slightly shaky, said Oller but the rest of it seems strong. Digital Spy’s Clements pointed out that the animation for the show is very detailed, with each setting wonderfully colorful and matching the upbeat and a little crazy vibe that Harley is known for having. An honorable mention is The Joker’s Funhouse so far. 

Big Year for Harley 

Aside from the Harley animated series, the character is going to have quite the big year. The “Birds of Prey” movie will hit theaters in 2020 and will feature female characters from the DCEU not a lot of people may know about. 

Recent promotional material from the movie does boast the cast, though, which is a good thing because some fans have been saying that the trailer felt too much like the producers are only keeping people focused on Harley. 

Reported online entertainment news website Screen Rant, the poster still has Harley on the foreground and the other Birds of Prey in the background but that’s to be expected, what with the full movie name being called “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.” 
For those who want to see the other characters of the “Birds of Prey,” there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. Screenwriter Christina Hodson (“Bumblebee”) said that the film, while technically a continuation of Harley’s story, will also revolve around other characters that might also get their own sequels and spinoffs in the future.

As “Birds of Prey” hasn’t hit theaters yet, all we can do now is wait with bated breath.