This summer, two of the most popular characters in the DC Universe will unite in the upcoming animated feature film Batman And Harley Quinn. Bruce Timm who will executive produce the project, returns to his classic style heralded in Batman: The Animated Series to give fans a brand new story featuring the reluctant team-up of Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn as they try and stop a global catastrophe caused by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue - the Plant-Master.
Kevin Conroy returns to the role of Batman, whom he first voiced in Batman: The Animated Series and was most recently heard in the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke. Fellow DCAU veteran Loren Lester is back as the voice of Nightwing. DC Universe newcomer Melissa Rauch, known by scores of fans as Bernadette Rostenkowsi-Wolowitz on the hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, will be lending her pipes to the part of Harley Quinn.
"I love that Harley is a badass and, beyond that, that she uses her humor as another weapon in her arsenal," Rauch commented during an interview with Empire. "She knows just how to diffuse a situation with her humor, and how to incite a situation with her sarcasm. It's a dream role."
She adds: "I knew Harley had a higher pitched tone, and a bit of a New York accent — and I come from a New Jersey family where everyone could be former gun molls. So I wanted to give a nod to my background without being as shrill. In all honesty, I used to speak exactly like that — my acting school professors really worked the accent out of me. So it was fun to find those tones and accent again."
Lester feels this new animated movie will finally answer one of the most frequently asked questions thrown in his direction. "So many fans have asked when there will be another Batman: The Animated Series, and this film really captures that sensibility and essence that people loved about the original series. That makes perfect sense when you know Bruce Timm was at the helm of both. The difference is we're not restricted by the networks for this film, so we can take the story and characters in more mature areas, and explore more about them as three-dimensional human beings with human feelings and human desires that we often couldn’t explore in the series."
Paget Brewster returns to the DC Universe to voice Poison Ivy. Previously, the Criminal Minds alum leant her pipes to the roles Lana Lang in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Lois Lane in Justice League: Gods And Monsters. John DiMaggio, Eric Bauza, Rob Paulsen, Robin Atkin Downes, Mindy Sterling and Trevor Devall will also feature.
Batman And Harley Quinn arrives this summer on Digital HD, Blu-Ray and DVD.
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