Well, this was unexpected.
Deadline is reporting tonight that Harley Quinn, who’s already getting her own spinoff movie, is now in line to receive her very own animated TV series, too. Warner Bros. has ordered 26 episodes of a “half-hour adult animated action comedy” show from Powerless producers Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey via Warner Bros. Animation.
Margot Robbie is said to be on the top of the studio’s list for who they want to voice the character and while they are expected to make her an offer, there’s no telling if the hugely in demand actress will sign on. There’s also no word yet on who else Warner Bros. has their eye on, but what we can tell you is that the series will feature Poison Ivy and several other DC heroes/villains and will premiere on the company’s new digital platform, where it’ll join the live-action Titans and Young Justice.
Plot details are scarce, and understandably so, but a brief logline tells us that the show will follow Harley after she’s “finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City.” Whether that means Mr. J will be left out of the proceedings entirely is unknown at this time, but he certainly won’t play a large role in the story – if he’s even involved at all.
It’s still early, early days for the project, but given the immense popularity of Harley Quinn, it’s not hard to see why DC has ordered up a TV show for the character. Whether or not it’ll be able to strike the same chord that Suicide Squad did in terms of how beloved Dr. Quinzel became after her big screen debut remains to be seen, but if they can get Margot Robbie on board, and a talented supporting cast to back her up, they might just have a big hit on their hands here.