Harley Quinn is taking the spotlight at New York Comic-Con this year. Warner Bros. will be promoting the new original animated series “Harley Quinn,” as well as the new movie “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).” The studio is bringing a mix of activations and stunts to fans at the event this year, and probably a few surprises.
If you’re more excited for “Birds of Prey,” look for a special booth opening on Thursday that will reveal new Birds of Prey character costumes from the film. These include Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain. Fans can take part in photo opportunities, giveaways, and cosplay meet-ups, and can be the first to see new lifestyle products inspired by the film. In addition to Funko’s collectible Pop! figures, Harley followers can look for exclusive fashion collections from premier brands and retailers. On Saturday and Sunday, the DC booth will transform into the ultimate Harley playground with special surprises that the studio is keeping under wraps.
On October 4th at DC Universe’s Headquarters at the Hudson Yards Loft, you can see the debut of “The Fantabulous Evolution of One Harley Quinn Gallery”, an immersive pop-up installation. The gallery is open to the public, and you can see Harley evolve from the original concept sketch for “Batman: The Animated Series” through the theatrical release of Birds of Prey cover art. There’s no badge required for this interactive exhibit, and it will invite fans to experience the evolution of DC’s most delightfully deranged Super-Villain. You can also get a sneak peek at special edition cover art, original and exclusive art from the new animated series, as well as model sheets, sketches, collectibles, props, costumes and more. The exhibit will feature art by Amanda Conner, Jim Lee and Bruce Timm, among others.
“Harley is allowed to be human, just like the rest of us. She can have fun, make mistakes, throw tantrums… you have a lot of characters that have to be perfect, but she can be imperfect. And what’s really fun is she gets to do all the mischievous and fiendish things that the rest of us can only fantasize about doing,” said Amanda Conner, legendary comic book artist and concept artist on the Harley Quinn animated series on DCU.
For the animated series, fans will get a chance to catch an early look at DC UNIVERSE’s adult animated action-comedy series on October 6th at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. A special panel, hosted by Damian Holbrook, will feature writers and artists currently working on Harley projects. That panel takes place on October 5th, and will cover “Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass,” the “Harley Quinn” monthly series, “Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity,” “Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year,” and “Birds of Prey.”
The movie released a first-look trailer this week, and stars Margot Robbie in the title role. Directed by Cathy Yan, the film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya; Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz; and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut.
Yan directed from a script by Christina Hodson, based on characters from DC. Robbie also produced, alongside Bryan Unkeless and Sue Kroll. The film’s executive producers are Walter Hamada, Galen Vaisman, Geoff Johns, David Ayer and Hans Ritter.
The animated series is exclusive to DC UNIVERSE, and the show puts Harley front and center and picks up with her after she breaks things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Voicing the title role of Harley Quinn, Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) leads an all-star comedic voice cast which includes Lake Bell (Bless This Mess), Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol), Tony Hale (Veep), Ron Funches (Powerless), JB Smoove (Spiderman: Far From Home), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Chris Meloni (Happy!), Jim Rash (Community), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) and so many more. Harley Quinn is produced by Ehsugadee Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation, with executive producers Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey.
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