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A movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, Batman and Harley Quinn is an original story created by Bruce Timm. It's about Harley Quinn teaming up with Batman against Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue. It stars Kevin Conroy as Batman, Loren Lester as Nightwing, Melissa Rauch as Harley Quinn, Paget Brewster as Poison Ivy, and Kevin Michael Richardson as Jason Woodrue. It uses the same animation style as The New Batman Adventures, and Bruce Timm treated this story as part of the DCAU continuity.

Poison Ivy has been recruited by Jason Woodrue (aka, the "Floronic Man") in a new plan to destroy humanity and let plant life reclaim the Earth. In order to gain a better understanding of Ivy and a way to defeat her, Batman and Nightwing are forced to recruit Poison Ivy's BFF, Harley Quinn, who has seemingly gone clean and retired from crime since her latest parole release.

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The film was released in August of 2017, just in time for Harley Quinn's 25th Anniversary. There will also be two digital comics released, prequel series Harley Quinn and Batman and sequel series Batman and Harley Quinn, which will explain how Harley Quinn retired and what happened post-movie.


Tropes in this film:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Harley starts out referring to Nightwing as "Nightwig". He eventually corrects her and she does start to say it right, but still gets it wrong a few times.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Harold's death is presented in a much more somber tone than the rest of the movie, ditto can be said for the scene following it between Harley and Nightwing.
  • Alternate Universe: Averted, in this case. Bruce Timm had previously gone on record prior to its release to declare that this movie is part of the DCAU continuity, (albeit with minor continuity issues). With the art style heavily leaning towards that of The New Batman Adventures and all the cameos that showed up in the villains' club scene, it is clear that he does intend this to be part of the DCAU.
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  • Anti-Climax: Swamp Thing arrives to pull an apparent Big Damn Heroes moment, only to do nothing but state his opinion and take off. Harley reminds Batman that Woodrue is still mostly plant and would burn easily, and the movie ends with Batman striking up a match right before it cuts to the credits... although we do see the results of his handiwork in the first stinger.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: The art style is similar to that of The New Batman Adventures, but this movie is adult oriented, as opposed to the family oriented DCAU TV shows.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Halfway between Gotham and Bludhaven is a dive bar where supervillains' henchmen can unwind and dance the night away.
    • One of the henchmen even sends Bats one of his favorite drink: milk.
  • Backported Development: As Justice League Unlimited drew to a close, so did Infinite Crisis. However, this film sees the DCAU introduction of A.R.G.U.S., a government agency that first appeared in the New 52.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Harley says that her contact wants her to do something for him, it initially looked like a sexual favor due to the presentation and Harley's reaction but he actually wanted her to sing for him.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue aka the Floronic Man.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Played with. While Nightwing DOES eventually consent to Harley's sexual advances after some initial attempts to say no, the fact that he's tied to her bed BDSM style, and his sheepish guilt afterwards suggest he may have felt he didn't have much of a choice. Then again, when Batman finds him and Harley together they're in the middle of a joyful friendly tickle fight, so his sheepish guilt could also just be because he knows Batman took one look at the room and knew. Also skirts the Rape Double Standard, as if the roles were reversed Nightwing would straight up come off as a villain.
  • Breast Attack: Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn hit each other in their breasts during a fight.
  • Breather Episode: For the DC Animated Films as a whole. After several Darker and Edgier films in the series such as Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League Dark, Word of God even said that they wanted Batman and Harley Quinn to be more light-hearted.
  • The Bus Came Back: Harley, Nightwing and any other Batman character besides Batman himself returns to the DC Animated Universe following the lift of the "Bat-Embargo" that was active during the period of the last DCAU property Justice League Unlimited. In fact the DCAU itself qualifies after being inactive for a long period of absence.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: After the customer who groped Harley gets slammed to the floor, he yells that he has a broken arm. The diner manager shrugs it off and points out the "look but don't touch" sign.
  • Chained to a Bed: Harley ties Nightwing to her bed to hold him captive, since she doesn't want him revealing her whereabouts and isn't willing to kill him. She then decides to take advantage of the situation.
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Harley gets Poison Ivy's location from Ivy's former henchman, Shruby, he writes the location on a matchbook. Later, at the end of the film, Harley suggests lighting Jason Woodrue on fire and ask if anyone's got a match. Guess what Batman pulls out of his utility belt.
  • The Comically Serious: As per tradition, any time that Batman interacts with Harley Quinn.
  • Comically Small Bribe: When Harley's um... digestive problems become too much for the Dynamic Duo to bear, Batman pulls over at a gas station so Harley can relieve herself. Nightwing offers Batman $10 to floor it without her, apparently forgetting that Batman is a billionaire.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The roadhouse contains numerous villain henchmen and associates who have appeared throughout Batman The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.
  • Cool Car: The original Batmobile from BTAS is back.
  • Cosplay Café: "Superbabes", the sleazy diner where Nightwing finds Harley Quinn working at where the waitresses wear skimpy versions of superheroine/supervillainess costumes.
  • Creator Cameo: Bruce Timm has a brief appearance providing the voice of Booster Gold when Batman talks to him on the Batmobile's phone.
  • Cutting the Knot: Floronic Man has high resistances and is unaffected by bullets. Harley points out that they could just set him on fire.
  • Dark Action Girl: Poison Ivy is one of the film's main villains and is pretty good in a fight. Harley Quinn was one before she retired.
  • Dating Catwoman: Lampshaded when (faced with Batman's Disapproving Look for sleeping with Harley) Nightwing mutters that it's not like Batman has never made out with a supervillain.
  • Denser and Wackier: The movie leans much more toward comedy than any previous DCAUO film, or even any episode of Batman The Animated Series or The New Batman Adventures.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Ivy and Harley, natch.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: During the second verse of the twins' duet, one gets down on his knees, in accordance with the lyrics, while holding the microphone, while the other remains standing. The resulting image is quite… suggestive. note 
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: In the villain bar, Batman unfastens his Utility Belt and tosses it on the ground before proceeding to beat the crap out of everyone there.
  • Enemy Mine: Batman and Harley Quinn are usually enemies.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Harley keeps Nightwing prisoner to keep him from blowing her cover, but balks at the idea of killing him.
    • While Ivy is okay with turning every living thing in the world into a plant-animal hybrid, she doesn't like Jason's methods and ultimately decides that the risk of everyone dying outweighs the possibility of success.
  • Fake Static: It doesn't work.
    "Sorry, we're going under some high-tension wires."
    "It sounds like paper."
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Harley after she tried to go straight. She is a waitress in a restaurant where the waitresses wear skimpy versions of heroine and villainess outfits. Apparently, she was also offered porn movie roles, but decided against it.
  • Fan Service With A Smile: Gotham has a restaurant called "Superbabes" in which the wait staff all wear skimpy versions of famous superheroines and villainesses of the DC Universe (including Catwoman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Power Girl, Starfire, Vixen, Fire, Ice, and even Granny Goodness). Harley works there as a waitress wearing a skimpy version of her own Harley Quinn costume that shows her panties. Indeed, one of male customers tries to cop a feel... bad move.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • Jason refers to Poison Ivy as "Pamela".
    • Floronic Man is referred to by his name on multiple occasions.
  • Flipping the Bird: Harley, right before she starts singing.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Harley dropped out of sight after she was let out on parole. She's been working at a diner where the waitresses wear skimpy versions of superheroine/supervillainess costumes, with nobody realizing that she's the real Harley Quinn until Nightwing sees her take down a customer who grabbed her butt.
  • Gainax Ending: The movie ends rather weirdly, see Anti-Climax for details.
  • Groin Attack: Heavily hinted by Batman at the henchmen bar, if the "OW MY BALLS!" sound effect and the victim's Instant Soprano is anything to go by.
  • Hope Spot: Happens twice in the climax.
    • After Batman, Nightwing and Harley's efforts against Floronic Man fail to stop him, Ivy turns against him and while she wins the plant-based tug-of-war, Floronic Man proceeds to knock her out with a single punch.
    • Then Swamp Thing makes his grand entrance, reducing Jason to a cowering mess. Swamp Thing tells Jason that what he's doing is wrong, but says it's not his right to stop it and Swamp Thing disappears without lifting a finger. Lampshaded by Harley:
    Harley: Well that was a big-ass bucket of nothing!
  • Hypocritical Humor: Faced with Batman's Disapproving Look for sleeping with Harley Quinn, Nightwing mutters that he's not the only one who's made out with a supervillain.
  • Interrogation Montage: Nightwing goes round showing a picture of Harley.
    Man: Haven't seen her.
    Bum: Would have liked to!
    Landlord: Dame owes me three weeks back rent! If you find her, you tell her she can eat my sh—
    Old man: Sheee had...the cutest smile.
  • Kill It with Fire: Batman defeats Woodrue this way, thanks to a suggestion from Harley.
  • Match Cut: When Harley Quinn kisses Nightwing while he is strapped to her bed, Floronic Man's voice is heard saying that is "disgusting". However, turns out he was referring to Poison Ivy using her kiss on the Kidnapped Scientist.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Harley tells Nightwing that this is what some people think about him and Batman. Nightwing proves it wrong.
  • Mood Dissonance and often Mood Whiplash: this film relative to the more serious DCAU, and several times within the film itself. One moment, you're discussing the potential extermination of all life on earth via mutant virus due to an ecoterrorist's misguided idealism; the next moment... you're treated to a scene-long fart joke.
  • Morality Pet: Harley is this to Ivy. She even successfully convinces her to abandon Floronic Man's Evil Plan.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Harley, taken up to eleven. Her waitress costume is insanely revealing. In her apartment she's in her bra and panties that shows off more of her ass than it covers and shows off the top half of her ass when she bends over. Her song and dance number looks like she's about to have an orgasm on stage (and she often sounds like she's having one too) and that's not even mentioning her seduction of Nightwing.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the comic, Harley has her New 52 Rebirth costume (the one with the red and blue mascara and ponytail tips).
    • At one point, Harley dons her New 52 costume, right down to the black and red hair.
    • Early on Harley keeps referring to Nightwing as "Nightwig" mostly because she remembers the fact that he used to have a mullet.
    • Among the several waitresses in Harley's job can be spotted Jim Balent's Catwoman, Power Girl and the New 52's Starfire, just to name a few.
    • The Bad-Guy Bar scene has several references to the 1960s series:
      • Batman orders a glass of milk
      • A mook does the Batusi to mock Batman. Said Mook and his companion are dressed just like Catwoman's mooks from the show.
      • When the bar's clientele attack Batman the fight is represented by sound effects and onomatopoeia.
      • It has also several minor characters from Batman: The Animated Series, mostly of them minor villains or henchmen of the main villains of the series: Min and Max, the twins that worked for Harvey Dent and were killed by Rupert Thorne at the end of "Two-Face" part 2; Farmer Brown's genetically modified daughter Emmy Lou; Selina Kyle's assistant Mavin; Rocco and Henshaw, Joker henchmen; Crocker from "Appointment in Crime Alley"; Driller, a safe-cracking thug from the episode "POV"; Joker's henchmen from "Beware The Creeper"; Roland Daggett's henchman Germs; Scarface's henchman Rhino; Lily and Violet from "Eternal Youth"; Enrique El Gancho (Ricky the Hook); Nitro; a Calendar Boy; Ratso from Read My Lips; Candace (a minor villain who worked for Rupert Thorne, and Bane, and Two-Face); Penguin's Iceberg Lounge waitress from "The Ultimate Thrill"; Captain Clown from "The Last Laugh", and Randa Duane from "Heart of Steel", parts 1 and 2. And, for some inexplicable reason, Ra's Al Ghul's bodyguard Ubu. Felix and Leo, two of Catwoman's henchmen from the 60s Batman, also do the Batusi.
    • Floronic Man feeds Poison Ivy the last of the hallucinogenic yams he got from Swamp Thing during Alan Moore's Anatomy Lesson storyline.
  • Not So Above It All : Batman finds himself dropping his stoicism on a number of occasions (i.e tapping to the beat of Harley's song), usually because of Harley's antics. Sometimes he's exasperated by her, while other times he seems to genuinely enjoy her company at that moment. He and Nightwing even kiss her cheeks, both at once, when Harley proposes an idea to defeat Floronic Man for good.
  • Offhand Backhand: It's his signature move, of course Batman is going to do it. Bonus points for funny because he does it to the mook mocking him by doing the Batusi.
  • Percussive Therapy:
    • After Nightwing's initial attempts to enlist Harley's aid fall on deaf ears, he threatens to bring her in for failing to check in with her parole officer. She attacks him and declares that he's about to receive all the payback for the sexual harassment she's been enduring.
    • With the threat of Ivy and the Floronic Man hanging over their heads, while being forced to deal with Harley's insanity, when a bar full of minions decide to try and pummel Batman to death, the Dark Knight takes off his belt and invites them to try, a broad smile on his face as he works out his frustration on them.
  • Pretty in Mink: Harley has a bunch of costume variants in her closet, including "Arctic Harley", which is just a white fur jacket.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Harley pulls this (and Cry Cute) on Ivy to attempt to convince her to quit working with the Floronic Man. It works.
  • Raging Stiffie: While not shown to the viewer, Nightwing gets one while tied to a bed and seeing Harley in her bra and panties. She most definitely notices it and decides to take advantage of him.
  • Reality Ensues: Nightwing expresses disappointment that Harley is working at a sleazy place like Superbabes and points out that Harley could have used her psychiatric training to get better work. After she ties him up in her apartment, Harley informs Nightwing that she did try to get more respectable jobs, but her criminal background prevented her from being hired, and her only options besides the restaurant were in pornography.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When the handsy customer at the bar complains that Harley broke his arm, rather than fire her, the unfazed chef points to a sign telling him not to touch the girls.
  • Red Shirt: All the unnamed soldiers and cops working with the trio are dead meat.
  • Retired Badass: Harley has hung up the tights when the story starts, but she still has the moves to fight off even Nightwing and flip a huge, lecherous man.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Played With, Harley and Ivy both care a lot about each other and a lot of their motivations and actions are fueled by their feelings for one another. That said though they end up having a pretty brutal fight in the climax. But Ivy is finally convinced to turn on Floronic Man when Harley gives her Puppy-Dog Eyes. Then, when Floronic Man sees this, he describes Harley as Ivy's 'mate'.
    Ivy: (Hugging Harley and crying) I hate you so much.
  • Sex for Services: Nightwing gets Harley to help by sleeping with her. He'd have been up for it regardless, but the mission takes priority, so he couldn't have taken time out during an investigation to sleep with someone unless it helped.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Harley has no qualms about stripping to her bra and panties in front of Nightwing. Or taking advantage of the results.
  • Sherlock Scan: When Batman finds Nightwing and Harley tickle-fighting in her apartment, he gives the room a split second scan, (clothing and panties on the floor, the remains of the makeshift bondage tape on Harley's bedposts), and IMMEDIATELY gives Nightwing the "Somebody got him some huh?" look of shame.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The information needed for Ivy and Jason's plan was created by Alec Holland. Swamp Thing actually does show up in the ending... and fails to do anything of importance to stop Woodrue, simply lecturing him briefly before taking off again.
    • Harley's uniform as a waitress at Superbabes is pretty much her New 52 look in a nutshell, complete with bleached white skin and half-red half-black hair.
    • The walls of Superbabes are decorated with precisely accurate reproductions of familiar comic-cover images of various heroes (male and female), such as Batgirl and Superman.
    • Every single patron of the henchman bar except the one guy Harley is looking for is a shout-out to either TAS or the Adam West Batman, as pretty much every single one can be traced back to one of the two.
    • In a No Celebrities Were Harmed and no-DC example, Harley's song in the henchmen bar is Telephone.
    • In The Stinger, Ask Dr Quinn (the name already a shout out in itself), looks like those Dr Oz type shows, but suddenly morphs into Total Wipeout (complete with the row of giant ball-things!)
    • When the henchman is dancing behind Batman in the bar, he does Batman's dance from the 1966 adaptation of Batman.
    • When talking about Ivy's tendency to turn normal shrubbery and the like into dangerous beings and refers to them as "Little Shop of Horrors, on steroids."
    • Although not mentioning it by name, Harley is clearly referring to the Moral Guardians book Seduction of the Innocent when asking if Nightwing and Batman are gay.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Lady in this case. 99% of the bad language in the movie comes from Harley.
  • Slasher Smile: Batman flashes one at the henchmen bar when all the patrons block his path, intending to beat him down. Big mistake.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: While Batman and Nightwing are discussing what to do about Woodrew since none of their high tech weapons work on him, Harley says that since he's a plant, they could just set him on fire. It works.
  • Squishy Wizard: Poison Ivy and Floronic Man, respectively; when they battle each other, Ivy proves herself the most powerful when it comes to controlling plant life, but, while she's no slouch in a fight either, he has Super Strength, so he knocks her out on a single hit.
  • The Stinger: Two. A mid-credits stinger shows the Floronic Man trying to put himself out after being lit on fire while the post-credits scene features Harley now hosting a Game Show where contestants go through an extreme obstacle course to determine whether they can get therapy from a licensed professional or not.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Given a reason. While Batman did alert the Watchtower to what is going on, most of the best heroes were busy with a space mission in the Rigel System, with others at a christening at Aquaman's place at Atlantis. The only available heroes included Booster Gold, Black Condor, Elongated Man, Triumph and Bloodwynd, none of them being really being the kind of guys Batman and Nightwing want to deal with (No No No, Meh, talking too much, loser, and jerk being Nightwing's response to the suggestions). Batman and Nightwing then hang up, making it Batman Doesn't Want C-List Fodder (or Booster) in Gotham.
  • Talk Show: Harley hosts one in an end credits scene, which then turns into a game show.
  • Toilet Humor: Harley farts in the Batmobile, so that they will stop and let her use the restroom.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Jason claims he is saving the planet by turning all the ''Meatbags'' into plants. While the heroes do agree with him in some ways, his method has just as high a chance of destroying all life on the planet.
    • Harley all but namedrops this trope when she tells Ivy that, "You're heart is in the right place," but "Friends don't let friends kill seven billion people."
  • Worst Aid: Averted. When Harold is impaled by Jason Batman says not to pull out the spike in his chest since that would just lead to more bleeding. Harold still dies though.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Batman and Nightwing give Harley and Ivy some pretty good beatings. Of course, both females fight back just as hard and the latter is a straight-up villainess.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Harold, who The Floronic Man kills the moment he perfects his formula.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Harley is annoyed at the fact people (such as Batman) call sociopaths as "psychopaths".
  • You Would Make a Great Model: Apparently, Harley received many proposals to be in adult movies or shoots, since no hospital would ever accept a former supervillain.

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