“Batman and Harley Quinn” Animated Film Featurette

by Danny Saab
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A nine-minute featurette for the “Batman and Harley Quinn” animated film has found its way online, which will be included on the Teen Titans: Judas Contract Blu-ray and DVD bonus features. The footage gives a sneak peek into some new information pertaining to the film, and features several members of the film’s creative team, including director Bruce Timm.

The featurette also gives us the first look at Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowsi-Wolowitz , Big Bang Theory) voicing the iconic Harley Quinn. I have to admit, it was odd at first hearing Harley as someone other then Tara Strong or Arleen Sorkin, but after a few minutes her Brooklyn style accent started to grow on me.

“Batman and Harley Quinn” Featurette

“I love that Harley is a badass and, beyond that, that she uses her humor as another weapon in her arsenal,” comments Rauch. “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.”

To capture the voice of the character, 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.”

The next two voice characters should be no surprise to Batman: The Animated Series fans. Returning to voice Batman is Kevin Conroy, who first played the role on Batman: The Animated Series and most recently voiced him for the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke. Loren Lester is Nightwing, and, like Conroy, first voiced the character (as Robin) in B:TAS.

“Batman and Harley Quinn” Featurette

Batman and Harley Quinn goes back to the classic style of Batman: The Animated Series. It is an original story featuring the reluctant team-up of Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn to try and stop a global catastrophe caused by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, AKA the Floronic Man.

Batman and Harley Quinn looks like tons of fun, and I for one can’t wait to see it. What do you think? Are you going to check it out? Does Melissa make a convincing Harley Quinn? Let us know in the comments below.

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