Sanaa Lathan
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Sanaa Lathan, who was recently seen on CBS All Access’ ‘The Twilight Zone’ will be voicing Catwoman on the upcoming DC Universe adult animated series ‘Harley Quinn’.  This makes her the third African American actor to portray the character, following Eartha Kitt in 1968 on the ‘Batman’ TV series, and Halle Berry in the 2004 ‘Catwoman’ movie.  She is the second woman of color to voice her after Cree Summer who lent her pipes to ‘DC Superhero Girls’, and based her performance on Kitt’s unmistakable growl.  Among the other actors to voice Catwoman in various animated projects are Adrienne Barbeau (‘Batman: The Animated Series’), and Gina Gershon (‘The Batman’).

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.

It isn’t known how large a role Lathan’s Catwoman will have on the series, as a number of rogues from Batman’s gallery will be featured.


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Kaley Cuoco (‘The Big Bang Theory’) voices the titular character, while Lake Bell will voice her BFF Poison Ivy.  Diedrich Bader who voiced Batman on ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ will return as the Caped Crusader on ‘Harley Quinn’, while Alan Tudyk (‘Doom Patrol’) will voice The Joker.  Tony Hale appears as Psycho-Pirate, Rahul Kohli as the Scarecrow, and Christopher Meloni as Commissioner Gordon.

Though their roles are unknown, the cast also includes Jason Alexander, Giancarlo Esposito, Ron Funches, Natalie Morales, Jim Rash, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes.

Catwoman will reportedly be seen in live-action in the upcoming film ‘The Batman’.

‘Harley Quinn’ is tentatively scheduled to arrive on DC Universe on October 11.


Source: Black Film