It’s kind of surprising that poking fun at Batman wasn’t a bigger thing. Of course, fans, comedians, and even some comics have done that a lot over time. There is work to do. The child soldiers he trains, Bruce Wayne as a member of the 1%, the bat suit, the fact that his whole deal is an idea he concocted when he was 8 – the guy just begs that someone comes to own it everyday. Fortunately, harley quinn found a way to incorporate the Bats’ mockery, centering its loud antics in the third season in part on castigating Batman – but also, perhaps, helping him grow as a person. That’s what I also say to my friends when I make fun of them.
After season 2 of harley quinn ended with its heroine (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) going off into the sunset with her girlfriend, Poison Ivy, season 3 begins with them at the end of their romantic “Eat, Bang, Kill Tour”, going down (doing crimes) and Get Down (the other stuff) all over the world with the help of Wonder Woman’s stolen invisible jet.
Unfortunately, their newfound gay happiness is marred by numerous complications in Gotham City. Frank (JB Smoove), their clever plant friend, has mutated and been kidnapped. The Joker (Alan Tudyk) is running for mayor. And Bruce Wayne (Diedrich Bader) sinks into his feelings after Catwoman (Sanaa Lathan) breaks up with him, and James Gunn (James Gunn) does a biopic about his parents. What makes it hard to deal with all of this is the fact that Harley is trying to do something she’s never really done before: be in a healthy adult relationship.
With all the happenings in Gotham this season, harley quinn doesn’t really feel like it’s Harley Quinn this time around. Certainly, it is still important; her relationship with Poison Ivy, Joker, and the Bat-family still drives much of the action, but the real dramatic weight is borne by Poison Ivy as she struggles to deepen her plant powers and vision. eco-terrorist without getting lost in it. new relationship. Meanwhile, the comedic clout is behind Batman and his sidekicks, who are now as regular on the show as fan-favorite recurring villains like Bane (James Adomian) or Clayface (also Alan Tudyk).
This wider web harley quinnThe writers have slowly banked on themselves over three seasons, which puts the series in the unique position of being the only DC Comics adaptation to occupy Deadpool’s place in the Marvel Universe – a self-conscious semi-parody. of oneself who is too interested in his own serious themes to explore. Fortunately, harley quinn doesn’t have the same fourth-wall-breaking schtick that some might find obnoxious about Deadpool, but both characters have been adapted in a way that still manages to be more than just jokes.
Emphasizing harley quinnThe comedy of is how she has always taken Harley herself very seriously. In previous seasons, that meant never undermining her agency as she struggled to establish her independence after cutting ties with her abusive ex, Joker. In this season, Harley’s story is all about learning the difference between supporting your partner and allowing them, and also using her degree in psychiatry to possibly get to the bottom of the whole Batman thing.
Let’s hope she never does, though. harley quinn could run out of jokes, and that would be the real crime.
The first three episodes of harley quinn are now streaming on HBO Max. New episodes drop on Thursdays.