Harley Quinn goes R-rated in new animation

Warner Bros. debuts trailer for its edgier, adult-focused version of the Suicide Squad favourite in a world where “Superman is a guy who tells dad jokes”

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 26.07.2019 | Watch

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Having had enough of The Joker’s manipulation and mansplaining, Harley Quinn is striking out on her own in a new animated series packed with foul-mouthed one-liners and adult themes.

Warner Bros. dropped the first trailer for its R-rated cartoon, simply called Harley Quinn, at San Diego Comic-Con, with attendees also treated to the pilot episode.

The show will tap into Harley Quinn’s fluid role within the DC pantheon: a sometimes ally, sometimes enemy of Batman and the on-off female counterpart to The Joker. Viewers will find a no-nonsense Harley Quinn, newly-single after breaking up with her former lover The Joker and hell-bent on making it on her own in the criminal underworld of Gotham City.

Harley will team up with Poison Ivy and a caped-and-masked host of well and lesser-known DC heroes and villains on her quest, though fans might not immediately recognise them. At a recent press tour, Executive Producer Patrick Schumacker described how the show will poke fun of DC’s headline heroes, where on-screen audiences are used to seeing them buffed to a shine.

In this iteration of the DC universe “Batman is real buzz kill and Superman is a guy who tells dad jokes”, he says.

See the trailer for yourself below, though fair WARNING, a few un-bleeped swearwords and adult themes make this one less office friendly than the latest sneak peek of Thomas and Friends might be.


Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco will voice the DC femme fatale, along with co-producing the project, and heads up an all-star cast. Also on board lending voice talent are Lake Bell, Jim Rash, JB Smoove and Wanda Sykes – primarily comedy actors that point to the show’s intent

Harley Quinn will launch on DC universe, the DC-branded streaming service, later this year.


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