Harley Quinn is an adult-oriented animated series set for the DC Universe in 2019 that stars Harley Quinn. The story loosely adapts the early '00s comic run where Harley Quinn has split off from The Joker for good and has set out to become the queenpin of Gotham. Joining her are an ensemble cast that includes her best friend, Poison Ivy, as well as many others. Kaley Cuoco, of The Big Bang Theory fame, will voice Quinn.
It is one of four inaugural series to be announced for DC's streaming service DC Universe, besides Young Justice season 3 (subtitled Outsiders), Titans, and Swamp Thing. Also, it's being headed by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey, the creative minds behind the short-lived Powerless.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Poison Ivy mockingly says that DC's movies and TV shows are usually depressing and bleak, taking a shot at the reputation of the DC Extended Universe. Harley doesn't seem to disagree with Poison Ivy, judging by her Aside Glance.
- Breakout Character: Over two decades after her debut as the Joker's sidekick, she's now starring in a series of her own.
- Darker and Edgier: It's specifically geared towards their grown-up audience, making it this to the DC Animated Universe in which Harley debuted, despite the concept art being colorful. The teased script shown also indicates that the F-bomb will be used, which obviously couldn't have been done before.
- Denser and Wackier: Also this, compared to most DC animation, much like Lobo's webseries years ago.
- Fanservice: We can expect this in a mature series, and the concept art has no shortage of skin.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Cuoco's take on Harley nails the general voice, but is completely lacking her signature New York accent.
- Role Reprisal: Diedrich Bader plays Batman, a role he'd played in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- "Stop Having Fun" Guys: In the teaser, Poison Ivy and Batman both act like this. Ivy is more of a pessimistic type while Batman is more of the "Batman DOES NOT EAT NACHOS!" kind of way.
- Take That!:
- In the very first teaser, Harley Quinn says that unlike Donald Glover's ill-fated Deadpool cartoon, her show is actually coming out.
- In the same teaser, Poison Ivy asks why Harley's show is a comedy when DC's movies are known for being gritty, bleak and depressing. A visibly nervous Harley responds by saying that while that is an excellent way to make a movie, everyone on her show will have fun.
- Villain Protagonist: The story is about Harley Quinn becoming the queenpin of Gotham. On top of that, almost all the characters featured that we know of are villains, the most prominent of which being Poison Ivy, but also Dr. Psycho, Malice Vundabar, King Shark, and Clayface.
- Wolverine Publicity: Harley Quinn, of course. Her getting her own show follows the 2010s trend of her becoming the breakout star of the Batman mythos.