One of my favorite things about my childhood was watching Batman: The Animated Series and later The Adventures of Batman and Robin. The series ran from 1992 to 1995 developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. This easily may be the best animated adaptation of any super hero. For many fans out there even with Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck portraying the Dark Knight on the big screen, still consider Kevin Conroy as their caped crusader. Not to mention the iconic voice of Batman’s greatest adversary, The Joker by Mark Hamill. To this day their voices are found in many animated films and video games alike. Batman: The Animated Series without a doubt helped grow the popularity of Batman. There is even an amazing podcast hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward that is dedicated to the psychological analysis of the animated series, which really shows how complex the series was.
While most characters had already been featured in comic books before the series, there is one that made her debut on the show, Harley Quinn. She was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and made her debut in September of 1992 voiced by Arleen Sorkin. She was Dr. Harleen Qunizel, the psychiatrist to The Joker while he was in Arkham. It was through their interactions that she fell in love with the Clown Prince of Crime and helped him escape the Asylum. In the animated series she was known known for being The Joker’s sidekick/girlfriend. Her popularity started to rise with the release of Arkham Asylum in 2009 and further more with the release of the other Batman video games. Then thanks to Harley Quinn’s solo series by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti during the New 52 and currently in DC Comic’s Rebirth we have had the opportunity to see her on her own without the verbal and physical abuse of the Joker. Last and certainly not least, we have her film debut in last year’s Suicide Squad where she was portrayed by the gorgeous Margot Robbie, in a flawed film she was definitely a highlight. This all has taken Harley Quinn’s popularity to a level never imagined.
With that DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation bring us an unlikely team up between Batman and Harley Quinn self titled titled Batman and Harley Quinn to be released August 15th. Where they will come together to stop Poison Ivy from trying to end humanity. Kevin Connroy will be returning as Batman and Melissa Rauch will debut in the DC universe as Harley Quinn. Thanks to ScreenRant we have some news that just like Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman and Harley Quinn will be released in theaters for one day only on August 14th the day before it is released on home video. The list of theaters will be up soon, but for now we know that the tickets will be on sale on June 30th.
I am liking this trend of DC animated films being released in theaters for at least a night. As a fan of DC comics this is something I like to take advantage of to enjoy the films. Granted, I ended up leaving the last one disappointed (Batman: The Killing Joke) but anytime I get to see my favorite comic book characters on the big screen, it’s a win for me especially if it’s set in the animated series universe. Although I will say that at this point I am pretty tiered of Harley Quinn, yes I love the character but as much as DC Comics wants to shove it in my face (the same thing that Marvel does with Deadpool). Will you see this in theaters, wait for the release or pass?
Batman and Harley Quinn hits theaters August 14th and Blue-Ray/DVD on August 15th.
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