TV Review: Harley Quinn (S1) | When voice-acting outshines live-action.

Developped and produced by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dave Lorey this adult animated television series from DC Universe follows Harley Quinn, a fictional characters created by Paul Dimi and Bruce Timm, and features a lot of comic book characters from DC Comics.

Premise: The series is about Harley Quinn’s adventures as she strives for emancipation after she breaks up with the Joker. She’s helped by her friends Poison Ivy, Clayface, Doctor Psycho, King Shark, and Sy Borgman in her plans to become a member of the Legion of Doom.

Review: First and foremost, the show is funny, made for adults, and the animation style is good. The storylines are smart, we’ll written, and as grounded as they can be. They make sense for each characters. Every character featured have distinct, memorable, personalities that are elevated by the voices.

The voice cast is genius. Ron Funches as King Shark? Rahul Kohli (iZombie) as Scarecrow? Or James Adomian – I didn’t know who he was but he’s cute – as Bane? Whoever thought of putting together that cast needs a f-ing raise.

The ones I just mentioned are only a few of my favorites, stand outs, but I don’t think there’s a weak link in that cast. If you’ve read my Birds of Prey review you know this but Kaley Cuoco basically outshined Margot Robbie with her voice alone. I know these are two different takes on Harley Quinn, and I’m in no way trying to pit two actresses against each other but Cuoco did a great job. I can see her in those films and not miss Robbie. Cuoco could easily pass for a former gymnast, a psychologist, and a f-ing brawler in a fight. In an alternate universe Robbie – if we have to have her – would be Poison Ivy or some other character – to Cuoco’s Harley.

Don’t get me wrong, I really like Robbie as an actrice but we’ve been presented with a great alternate. Honestly, I just liked Robbie’s look in Suicide Squad – and that’s not acting – and in Birds of Prey she was cute, except that I really liked her in one fight scene. I’m excited to see how James Gunn will showcase the character in his film even though I’m starting to feel like Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique

Harley Quinn is a blast, very funny, with great storylines, and amazing voice acting. It turns out to be a bad idea for Robbie to let someone else voice that role.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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