DC Entertainment’s stand-alone digital streaming service has just picked up another series. The Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group-owned platform has handed out a straight-to-series order for a Harley Quinn animated comedy.
The 26-episode half-hour project is the brainchild of ‘Powerless’ trio Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey and is based on characters from the DC Comics universe. Harley Quinn was most recently played by Margot Robbie in the Warner Bros. feature ‘Suicide Squad.’ It has been confirmed that Robbie will be asked to voice the DC platform animated series, although it is not clear if the highly in-demand actress will take on the project.
The project will also feature Poison Ivy and a cast of heroes and villains old and new from the DC universe. The animated series follows Harley as she breaks things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal “queenpin” of Gotham City. The series is described as an adult animated action-comedy.
Harley as a character is no stranger to the animated realm of DC. First created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini for ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ in the 1990s, Harley started off as an offbeat henchman for the Joker, before becoming his number one gal. From there, the character spawned her own line of comics, and ultimately became a key figure in the DC Universe. After Robbie’s show stealing performance in the otherwise lackluster ‘Suicide Squad,’ Harley is more popular than ever.
‘Harley Quinn’ marks the third series for DC’s digital platform. It joins Greg Berlanti’s live-action ‘Titans’ series as well as the revival of former Cartoon Network animated series ‘Young Justice.’ The service will launch in 2018 and arrives as Disney is also prepping its own digital streaming service that will feature Marvel and Star Wars movies, among other original content including a live-action Star Wars TV show.