Batman and Harley Quinn Original Animated Movie Gets Release Date
The next DCU original animated movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, was first teased on the previous release, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Now comes box art, trailer, and a release date.
Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. the Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet — and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip.
I love the classic, clean-line animation style, and based on this trailer, I hope to see plenty of humor, which the DCU badly needs.
Batman and Harley Quinn will be available digitally ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD) on August 15 with releases of an Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack (the first DCU original movie in this format, with a $44.98 list price), a Blu-ray deluxe giftset ($39.99, featuring a Harley Quinn figurine), a Blu-ray combo pack ($24.98), and a DVD edition ($19.98) on August 29. Believe it or not, this is the 30th (!) installment in the DC animated movie line.
Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) previously interacted with Harley three years ago in Batman: Assault on Arkham, but that was set in the world of the video game and had a very different tone. Harley is now voiced by Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory), with Nightwing played by Loren Lester, Poison Ivy by Paget Brewster, and Woodrue by Kevin Michael Richardson. The original story is by Bruce Timm (screenplay by Timm and Jim Krieg), and the movie is directed by Sam Liu.
The Blu-ray and digital versions include these special features. The DVD includes only the sneak peek. Normally, the next title is revealed here, but they’re playing close to the chest this time, with no specifics given.
- “The Harley Effect” featurette: Harley Quinn has a deep history with the fans of the DC Universe. This featurette traces her humble roots from her creators to those that portray her at comic book conventions. She is a symbol of strength and beloved by many.
- “Loren Lester: In His Own Voice” featurette: This documentary examines actor Loren Lester’s legacy within Batman: The Animated Series, Dick Grayson’s character, and the popularity that surrounds Lester’s interpretation of the Boy Wonder.
- A sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie: A behind-the-scenes look at the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe original movies, featuring thoughts from the talented filmmakers and voice cast. (This has since been revealed to be Gotham by Gaslight.)
- Two Harley-centric episodes from Batman: The Animated Series: “Harley and Ivy” and “Harley’s Holiday”
Rauch will take a bit of getting used to but I think she’s a good choice.
I’m guessing, since we see Alec Holland’s name so prominently, that he’ll be showing up too. I don’t think we’ve ever seen BT do Swamp Thing.