‘Harley Quinn’ goes off on her own in new DC Universe series


‘Harley Quinn’ – Cuoco embraces ‘badass’ character


“Harley Quinn” begins streaming Friday on DC Universe.

Harley Quinn is so done with the Joker and is ready to move on to bigger and better things. What comes after for the villainess forms the basis for an animated series that begins streaming this week on DC Universe.

In “Harley Quinn,” a profane, cartoonishly bloody but irreverent action comedy that premieres Friday, Nov. 29, Harley (voiced by Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory”) has finally come to the realization that her sociopathic boyfriend the Joker (Alan Tudyk, “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”) doesn’t love her and gives him the boot.

Her ambition is to make it on her own as the criminal queenpin of Gotham City, though Batman (Diedrich Bader, “American Housewife”) and Commissioner Gordon (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) might have something to say about that. With the help of best friend Poison Ivy (Lake Bell, “Bless This Mess”) and a crew of DC castoffs, she embarks a mission to take what she sees as her rightful place in a who’s who of villainy, the Legion of Doom.

Taking on such an iconic character most famously played by Margot Robbie in the 2016 live action film “Suicide Squad” was somewhat daunting for Cuoco, in what is her first project since “Big Bang” ended its 12-season run this past spring. But she managed to find common ground with and even embrace the character, as she told a recent gathering of journalists in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“She’s a badass and she is female empowerment to a ‘T,’ ” Cuoco, also an executive producer, explains. “I mean, she, you know, leaving this guy or leaving Joker and then, you know, falling back in and it’s like a real relationship. This stuff happens, you know, in real life. So, I don’t know, she’s just a badass. And she always has been and she always will be. And she dances to the beat of her own drum.”

And that includes having a mouth she couldn’t kiss her mother with. Indeed, the publicity for the series stresses that this is an adult animated comedy, so F-bombs, cartoon blood, sexual references and acts and other content suitable for a more mature audience are in abundance.

“I love going in the booth and screaming and cussing for two straight hours; it’s been a blast,” Cuoco says. “I usually do that alone in my bedroom, so I’ve been able to experience that in a whole ‘nother way.”


George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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