The animated DC series Harley Quinn will be returning in late 2021 or early 2022, and will have a unique new storyline for the Joker.
The return of Harley Quinn, the highly-praised DC animated series about Gotham’s favorite anti-hero, is coming back in less than a year, according to the series showrunner. The character Harley Quinn has become a popular character in the DC franchise in the past few years, thanks to series like these and films like Birds of Prey starring Margo Robbie.
The animated Harley Quinn series in particular has been praised for its unique approach to adapting the DC comics. The show is a more irreverent and comedic take on the DC stories that are usually depicted in a darker and grittier way. The success of the show on the ever-present streaming service HBO Max meant that Harley Quinn was renewed for a third season, but at the time, it appeared that the new episodes would take a little over a year to produce.
In an interview with the podcast Masters of None, showrunner Justin Halpern revealed that Harley Quinn would be returning in late 2021 or early 2022. “I think it’ll probably come out either the very end of this year or the beginning of next, just because animation takes so long.” The podcast hosts pressed Halpern for story details for the new season, and the showrunner revealed that the DC villain The Mad Hatter would be making an appearance. The hosts and Halpern also talked casting, and Halpern stated that though these actors have not appeared on the show, he would love to have stars like Nathan Fielder, John Wilson, and Joe Pera on future seasons of the show.
However, some of the most interesting details Halpern revealed have to do with the unique episode topics for Harley Quinn season 3. Halpern claimed that the writers of the show are going to “do something with the Joker that has never been done in any Joker story.” Though the showrunner was vague about the details of this plotline, he did confirm that there would be a stand-alone Joker episode in season 3, much like how there was a stand-alone Batman episode in season 2.
The Harley Quinn animated series has already been praised for its unique depiction of the Joker, so it makes sense that the series’ writers would want to delve into the iconic Batman villain even further. But exactly what Halpern is hinting at for the new season is impossible to know. Harley Quinn could make any number of crazy, off-the-wall decisions about Joker’s character to develop the villain in an interesting way. Luckily for fans, they won’t have to wait too long before Harley Quinn season 3 comes out in less than a year.
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