DC's Harley Quinn Animated Series Is Here
Wed, April 14, 2021

DC's Harley Quinn Animated Series Is Here

The Harley Quinn animated series recently debuted on the DC Universe streaming service. The animated series is one of the service's many grand offerings, including comic access and a few select DC TV series / Photo by: BatCam Photography via Wikimedia Commons

 

The Harley Quinn animated series recently debuted on the DC Universe streaming service. The animated series is one of the service's many grand offerings, including comic access and a few select DC TV series. Many of its features have been welcomed by fans since the content is all based on the DC Universe’s rich library of comic books and shows throughout time. 

The DC Universe's new animated Harley Quinn is yet another hit on its way to greatness. The animation series is said to mainly focus on the unlikely heroine/villain’s adventure with other beloved DC characters. 

CBR, an online source for comics industry news, discussion, and community, mentioned in their article that the latest Harley Quinn animated series has the titular role voiced by Kaley Cuoco, who rose to fame on the show "The Big Bang Theory." Cuoco’s version of Harley Quinn has been getting rave reviews, mainly because she has expressed how she cares deeply about the character. 

Rated R animation

DC comic books are not for the faint of heart. A lot of its earlier, previous works are filled with gore and extreme violence. Even their movies are known to be “dark,” especially if they involve the imaginary city of Gotham, where Batman, Joker, and Harley Quinn roam free.

In true unpredictable yet quirky personal Harley Quinn fashion, the animated series is a bit unusual in that every character seems to swear up a storm. This makes it one of the most not-so-kid-friendly offerings from the DC universe. Harley Quinn’s trailer debut was rated R for all the right reasons. As she realizes that the Joker never really loved her, she immediately tries to plot her path as Gotham City’s criminal “Queenpin.”

In an article published by CNET, an American media website formerly known as Computer Network, they mentioned that the character of Poison Ivy makes an appearance in the show as well, delighting loyal fans of the DC comic books. The trailer implies that many of the most famous heroes and heroines of the comic books will make an appearance in the animated series, which debuted on the DC Universe streaming service on November 29. 

DC comic books are not for the faint of heart. A lot of its earlier, previous works are filled with gore and extreme violence / Photo by: Needpix

 

The Original Animation Style

Now that Harley Quinn has her own MA/R-rated/NSFW series, this means that the quirky ‘villainess’ will have her show full of cursing and gore. Thankfully, there is no nudity in this show, keeping DC's content safe from further criticism. Forbes, an American business magazine, stated in their article review that the show is jarring but for all the best reasons. 

It’s shocking because the show chose to stay true to the original animation style of Batman: The Animated series. However, the nature of the show is one older fans may have trouble getting used to. In one scene, Harley declares that Batman “f****s bats.” A lot of violence can also take place between scenes; in yet another scene, Harley is seen blowing up goons with bombs she shoved in their mouths. These kinds of scenes can be a little disorienting, but once you get used to her little antics, it works splendidly, and it is hilarious. 

About Harley Quinn

The show will start after Harley realizes that Joker has been a very abusive boyfriend throughout their entire relationship. With the help of Poison Ivy, Harley finally breaks free from the shackles of Joker’s manipulative grip. Together with Poison Ivy, Harley will focus on trying to be Gotham City’s supervillain rather than being Joker’s sidekick and girlfriend. 

Despite all the gore and violent scenes, the animated show remains lighthearted. But fans of the show will get to see more grounded characters as well, keeping things fun and serious at the same time. It is also a great chance for the romantic storyline between Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to be shown on screen. Poison Ivy has a large presence throughout the pilot, and she spends her time helping Harley become something far better than her. 

Poison Ivy’s dry yet fantastic personality fits perfectly with Harley’s enigmatic behavior. In her time in the comics, Harley had a lot of different allegiances, but Poison Ivy was the perfect one to bring into the fold for this show. 

Birds of Prey

Aside from the Harley Quinn animated series, fans of the DC villain will also have to wait for the upcoming film titled "Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn," which will be directed by Cathy Yan.

Cinema Blend, an entertainment site, shared in their article that the film is going to be the first female-centric team from DC Comics which will be featured on the big screen. The movie will feature Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor, Chris Messina, and Ella Jay Basco. It is expected to be released on February 7, 2020.