This weekend during SDCC, fans attending the DC Universe panel on Saturday will more than likely get treated to sneak peek of its upcoming Harley Quinn original animated series.
With The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco as voice of the titular clown, a teaser trailer was released back in October during NYCC as well as a cast list: Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, J.B. Smoove, Jason Alexander, Wanda Sykes, Giancarlo Esposito, Natalie Morales, Jim Rash, Diedrich Bader, Tony Hale and Christopher Meloni. At the time, not all of these actors’ character roles were revealed.
Since the trailer, some roles have been revealed, such as Meloni playing Commissioner Gordon and Tudyk as the Joker.
However, those who snagged a snagged a collectible TV Guide Magazine at the Warner Bros. Booth during Preview Night at this year’s SDCC and flipped through it would have caught an interview nestled in the back with Harley Quinn cartoon producer Patrick Schumacker divulging some juicy tidbits.
As she goes about trying to build her criminal clout in Batman’s hometown, Harley will put together her own outlaw gang, including new character Syd Borgman, an octogenarian cyborg voiced by Jason Alexander. “Half his body parts are robotic, but they’re from the ’80s,” Schumacker says, “so he’s kind of an analog robot man.” Familiar DC Comics baddies are also on board, like Clayface (Tudyk, pulling double duty), Doctor Psycho (Tony Hale) and King Shark (Ron Funches). Good news for Harley: turns out Shark is a tech wiz! “He’s the Chloe of 24 of he group,” jokes Schumacker.
On top of the action, look for straight-up comedy from this zany storyline, which plays out over a 13-episode first season. Comedian Wanda Sykes is the evil Queen of Fables and J.B. Smoove is Ivy’s chill, wise-cracking houseplant. And when Clayface’s arm gets cut off during a botched heist, it develops a life of its own (listen for SpongeBob SquarePants himself, Tom Kenny, voicing that role).
Interestingly enough, Poison Ivy in the DC Super Hero Girls animated series on Cartoon Network likewise forms a kinship with her own houseplant named Phil, though nowhere near as loquacious as J.B. Smooves.
Moreover those who experienced the Harley Quinn cartoon activation at the Warner Bros. Booth got a taste of what to expect with short video clips of some of some of the aforementioned inmates as well as some unexpected surprises. I’m sure Tom King will be jazzed to see Kite Man get his due. Check them out below: