Work has officially begun on season 3 of Harley Quinn for HBO Max. After the first two seasons of the vulgar and violent animated series moved to the streamer, HBO Max renewed the series for a third season thanks to high viewership and critical success. It wasn't clear when production will start for season 3, but co-showrunner Patrick Schumacker has just revealed on Twitter that work has begun on the new episodes.
"Today we started recording [Harley Quinn] season 3," Schumacker tweeted. "[Diedrich Bader] was back as Batman! Jim Rash was back as Riddler! And [Chris Meloni] was back as Commissioner Gordon! We're back!!!"
In a follow-up tweet, Schumacker adds: "Huge thanks to [HBO Max] for picking us up. They have been phenomenal partners on this."
Harley Quinn originally premiered on DC Universe in 2019. Developed by Schumacker, Justin Halpern, and Dean Lorey, the series features the voice of The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco as the titular hammer-wielding supervillain. The series begins with Harley forming her own gang of supervillains to join the Legion of Doom after her breakup with the Joker (Alan Tudyk).
Along with the Joker, Tudyk voices several other characters like Clayface, Calendar Man, and Doctor Trap. Harley Quinn also features Lake Bell as Poison Ivy, Tony Hale as Doctor Psycho, Ron Funches as King Shark, Jason Alexander as Sy Borgman, J. B. Smoove as Frank the Plant, Diedrich Bader as Batman, Chris Meloni as Jim Gordon, Giancarlo Esposito as Lex Luthor, and Wayne Knight as the Penguin.
If HBO Max had ultimately passed on Harley Quinn Season 3, Schumacker was hopeful that an animated movie could be made to give their version of Harley proper closure. He had previously told Deadline that they were speaking with the executives at Warner Bros. Animation about the possibility of a Harley Quinn movie if the show didn't get picked up, as they're still so many more stories left to tell with their incarnations of these popular DC characters.
"Because we were like, 'Well, we have stories to tell with these characters. We want to continue going with it, and if season 3 can't happen, maybe we can do something in the feature space, which is sort of independent of a network picking up the show or not.' So, that is something that has been on our [minds]," Schumacker said.
Meanwhile, we'll soon be seeing Margot Robbie's live-action iteration of Harley Quinn back on the big screen this summer. She'll reprise the role in James Gunn's upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, which is due to release in August. Gunn has also recently teased working more with Robbie on another DC project in the future, so it would appear that this version of Harley Quinn isn't going anywhere, either.
You can watch the first two seasons of Harley Quinn on HBO Max. It hasn't been revealed when the new episodes will start streaming on the service, but it's good to know that the production is officially underway. This news stems from Patrick Schumacker on Twitter.