Kaley Cuoco is currently hard at work, lending her voice to DC Universe’s upcoming exclusive adult-skewing animated series ‘Harley Quinn’. She recently teased fans on Instagram with a photo she snapped in the recording booth. For starters, it proves that Cuoco is a fan of Red Vines, so sorry, Twizzler fans! But perhaps slightly more important, this is the first glimpse fans are getting of this animated series’ take on The Joker, who will be voiced by Alan Tudyk.
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Clearly, the style of this series is a bit more realistic than some others, as The Joker looks less stylized than the Bruce Timm designed version that most are familiar with from ‘Batman: The Animated Series’. On the plus side, Harley is back in her most famous costume (also designed by Timm), the red and black jester look, versus the more hooker-y look she’s been shown wearing in more recent comics and in the ‘Suicide Squad’ movie.
While for many, there is no more definitive a Joker voice than Mark Hamill from ‘Batman: TAS’ and numerous other projects, Tudyk doesn’t feel the pressure to measure up. In fact, he has purposefully avoided listening to Hamill’s take.
“Tony Hale plays Psycho, Doctor Psycho. He came in, and… he was talking to the producer saying, ‘Oh yeah, the Joker, did y’all get Mark Hamill to do that?’ And I said, ‘No, they got me. I’m doing the Joker.’ Oh, he said, ‘Did you get Mark Hamill to do that ’cause if you didn’t get him it’s going to suck.’ ‘I’m doing the Joker.’ And he said, ‘Oh, I’m just saying that because I did the Joker and everybody said, ‘You’re not Mark Hamill. You suck’.
“So knowing I can’t be Mark Hamill, I haven’t listened to Mark Hamill. I have heard him, but I didn’t watch it so I couldn’t recreate it.”
‘Harley Quinn’ also features the voices of Diedrich Bader as Batman, Lake Bell as Poison Ivy, Tony Hale as Psycho-Pirate, and Rahul Kohli as the Scarecrow, plus Jason Alexander, Giancarlo Esposito, Ron Funches, Chris Meloni, Natalie Morales, Jim Rash, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes.
Harley Quinn, based on the DC characters, focuses on Harley Quinn who has 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. The series features Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe.
‘Harley Quinn’ is tentatively scheduled to arrive on DC Universe on October 11.