It may feel like Harley Quinn has been around as long as Batman, but that's far from the case! In fact, Harley Quinn debuted in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992, and she was only supposed to appear once. Of course, things turned out a little differently, and now a new Harley Quinn animated series starring Kaley Cuoco is almost here. As the Big Bang Theory star describes it, the series will highlight an "empowering" side of Harley — one that's as playful, fun, and unhinged as ever, but free from the shadow of the Joker, puddin'!
The new Harley Quinn series will be the character's first animated spinoff, which feels like an Easter egg in itself. Without the iconic '90s Batman series, fans never would have met Harley, and the delightful villainess is basically a lifestyle now. Entertainment Weekly talked to Cuoco ahead of her New York City Comic-Con appearance, and it's obvious the role means a lot to her.
By the way, fans of the Joker: Sorry, but it's Harley's show now.
Per the actress, the show is aimed at adults (awesome) and starts in the most significant way it can for Harley Quinn: She breaks up with the Joker for good.
"She just doesn’t want to be Joker’s girlfriend anymore," Cuoco explained. "She wants to lead the pack, which I find very appropriate for this kind of day and age and vibe that we’re in."
As a result, the role "has definitely been empowering" to Cuoco. As she put it, a role that requires her "to sit in a booth and scream and cuss and yell at boys for hours at a time," has been "an absolute blast" — especially coming off of literal decades of major sitcom roles.
"Not having to do hair and makeup has made it that much better," she joked. "But [Harley is] such an iconic character, so with all of that respect and love toward the character, we’re trying to bring a new spin to it, and I think the fans that love this type of show are really going to enjoy it."
Taking on the role of a "woman striking out on her own and thumbing her nose at the men," has been huge, according to Cuoco, especially given today's socio-political climate. It's obvious she has an appreciation for Harley Quinn and the character's history. It's unlike any role fans have seen Cuoco in before. Imagine what her Big Bang Theory character's pals might have to say about a show like this.
According to EW, "Over the course of the first season, [fans] see [Harley] try to become the 'best badass supervillain that there is,'" and she's not the only iconic character from the D.C. Universe slated to appear. Harley will reportedly run into the likes of Doctor Psycho, Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, and her most famous accomplice (and possibly more?), Poison Ivy.
“I’ve always loved animation. I did it years ago, and I haven’t been in the animation world in a while,” Cuoco told EW. “[Harley Quinn] is so edgy, it’s obviously a very adult comedy, and with such a world-renowned character, it’s been a blast to record.”
Production on Harley Quinn is well underway. The series is expected to debut in 2019.
Mark your calendars and get ready to see a whole new side of Cuoco — and Harley Quinn, too!