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  • Author's Saving Throw: Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson's relationship in the DCAU never fully recovered following their split in "Old Wounds" and many fans did not appreciate that. With the addition of this film to the canon, the two work together quite well with no indication of any Teeth-Clenched Teamwork.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Rob Paulsen playing the Two-Face henchmen Min and Max singing a cover of "Don't Pull Your Love" is considered the best part of the film.
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    • Harley singing "Hangin' On the Telephone" as well.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: When the heroes are driving with Harley, she suddenly screams at them to stop, and jumps out of the Batmobile to chase after some guy. After a several minutes long chase, she finally catches up to him and starts beating him up... as revenge for standing her up at the prom
  • Broken Base:
    • Melissa Rauch voicing Harley Quinn. There are some who welcome a fresh VA on the character, while others would rather see Tara Strong, or Hynden Walch return to the role given that Arleen Sorkin retired from the role years ago.
    • Paul Dini isn't involved with writing the movie. Some people think the movie's quality might suffer since both he and Bruce Timm created the character, and it seems odd that only the latter is involved. However, it's alleviated somewhat with Jim Krieg being the movie's other writer, who's had plenty of experience with Warner Bros. He's also written Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, meaning he can write an adult movie. Plus, Paul Dini has been involved in projects without Bruce Timm where he still wrote Harley well.
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    • There's also the matter of the more comedic tone compared to the other adult animated DC movies. Some people think it'll be a nice change of pace while others think the movie will try way too hard to be funny to the detriment of the story.
    • There have been debates on whether this film is canon to the DCAU production despite the references and near identical animation style. Not helping things is that Bruce Timm didn't go back to see if anything matched up, and stated he's sure some fans will figure it out (they did). However, Timm has also stated that the film is within DCAU continuity in his mind and Warner Bros. and DC have gone on to confirm such.
    • Loren Lester's voice for Nightwing has also come under fire. There are those who think he still sounds good while there are those who think that 15 years of not voicing the character has taken a toll on his voice.
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    • Another minor point comes from how the Joker only gets mentioned once in the movie, with no appearance. Some thinks it lessens Harley's character since her relationship with the Joker is a vital part of her character. On the flip side, people are glad at how this movie helps her be her own character without him given his general overexposure.
  • Comedy Ghetto: This film being more comedy based than the average DCAU show or DC Animated movie no doubt contributed to its mixed reaction.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: Given the sheer number of references in the movie, it's almost inevitable. Even without that, the scene where Jason and Ivy enters ''The Green'' makes little sense unless you're familiar with Swamp Thing and his lore.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: While not a bad film overall, fans refuse to believe the idea that this could be set in the beloved DC Animated Universe.
  • Fetish Retardant:
    • A good part of viewers find the fanservice in the movie very excessive.
    • One of the waitresses at the restaurant Harley works at (which features women in skimpy outfits based on various heroines and villainesses) is dressed as Granny Goodness, who is typically portrayed as extremely old and wrinkled, quite aside from her personality.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The movie features a surprisingly subtle reference to Professor Wertham's "Seduction Of The Innocent". When Harley admits that she thought Nightwing and Batman "didn't like girls", she mentions "that book with the headlights and the eyeball gouging."
      "I had to write a paper on it in college. Got a B-minus."
    • In the scene where Booster falls Batman, Nightwing's sign for "Jerk" when referring to Bloodwind also means "Wanker" in British Sign Language. It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • He Really Can Act: "He Really Can Sing" in this case, while Rob Paulsen is a accomplished singer, his musical number is considered the best part of the film, especially when you consider he had throat cancer while the movie was in production. He's also quite effective when playing Harold Goldblum, capturing his quiet scenes well, especially when he's about to die. Those last breaths feel very real.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Regardless of the movie's quality, almost everyone will agree on Rob Paulsen's musical number being top notch.
  • Les Yay: It's never suggested if this incarnation of Ivy has feelings for Harley or not, however she does deeply care for her. Harley giving her Puppy-Dog Eyes is enough for her to give up on her plans.
    • In the trailer released on May 25, 2017, it used symbols from playing cards during some scenes from their fight. The first symbol used? A heart. Make of that what you will.
  • Narm Charm: The big entrance of Swamp Thing seems scripted like the ending of a Disney movie (not helped at all by Moana being released before it).
  • So Okay, It's Average: Reception has been lukewarm, albeit slightly more positive than Bruce Timm's previous production Batman: The Killing Joke. While most people agree it's not one of the best of DC's animated movies, it can still be quite a fun ride if you watch it in the right mindset.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: We see Harley somehow in charge of a game show where she helps people to get help from actual therapists. This stands out since it was a major part of her character arc and we never see how she sees this as an acceptable compromise.
  • Unexpected Character: The appearance of all the minor henchmen and smaller-time villains from Batman: The Animated Series came as a surprise, especially considering they haven't made any appearances since the 1990s.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The film is a much more lighthearted and humorous DC animated movie, and is animated in the style of the family-friendly DCAU. It's also filled to the brim with sexual humor and innuendos, contains tons of vulgar language, and while not nearly as violent as other DC Animated Original movies, still has a few bloody scenes that are more intense than the average DCAU episode.


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