Kaley Cuoco of DC Universe's upcoming Harley Quinn animated series has shared a teaser poster of the show on Instagram, confirming the tentative release date for this fall. With her trademark bat in tow and blood splattering through the air, the image shows Harley as she appears on the series, with a look inspired by Margot Robbie's portrayal of the character in Suicide Squad. The excessive blood coupled with the crazed look in Harley's eyes suggest this will not be a kid-friendly cartoon, targeting the more mature DC fans. Written in blood on her arm is "Fall 2019," teasing the show's arrival after the summer while still not providing an official premiere date.
The animated series will be set in new universe unconnected to any previous Batman iteration. The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco will provide the voice of Harley Quinn, and her take on the character has previously been revealed in a teaser video for the series. Lake Bell (Worst Enemy) also stars as the voice of Poison Ivy, Harley's best friend and another one of Gotham City's most dangerous villains. Other confirmed voice talent includes Diedrich Bader (Office Space) as Bruce Wayne, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the Joker, and Christopher Meloni (HBO's Oz) as Dr. James Gordon. Ron Funches, Jason Alexander, Giancarlo Esposito, and Wanda Sykes will also star.
Harley Quinn has a unique distinction as a DC character, as she wasn't originally created in the comics like most other superheroes and supervillains from the brand. She debuted as the Joker's sidekick on Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, and has since become one of DC's most recognizable characters. According to her official backstory, Harley was formerly known as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a therapist working with the Joker during his incarceration in Arkham Asylum. After falling in love with the Clown Prince of Crime and developing an unhealthy obsession with him, Dr. Quinzel transformed into the villainous Harley Quinn, willing to kill or maim anybody at the simple request of the Joker.
After appearing in various TV shows, video games, and animated projects, Harley Quinn finally made her way to the big screen in 2016. Portrayed by Margot Robbie, the was a prominent member of the titular team of anti-heroes in Suicide Squad, further popularizing the supervillain. Robbie will reprise the role in the upcoming movie Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. This version of the character has some notable visual differences from the original animated version, and it's interesting to see this alternate depiction of the character serving as the basis for a new animated series.
The DC Universe streaming service is quickly becoming something necessary to have for big fans of the company's comic book properties. Titans and Doom Patrol have proven to be successful for the network, and there's a lot of anticipations surrounding the Swamp Thing series that's about to be released. For fans of Harley Quinn, hopefully the new animated series will be a success as well. The new poster comes to us from Kaley Cuoco on Instagram.