Harley Quinn Day! 25 Years Since BTAS

This weekend on 9/30/17 will be Harley Quinn Day (normally Batman Day). But this year, since it has been 25 years since the incarnation of Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series (BTAS), DC Entertainment marked this Saturday as Harley Quinn Day instead. BTAS was my favorite childhood cartoon growing and I always say they don’t seem to make cartoons like they used to. BTAS had such a mature tone that was ahead of its time and had such good stories with voiceover actor legends, Mark Hamill as The Joker and Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman  (I’m looking forward to meeting them at New York Comic Con on Thursday!) Harley has always been such a fun character yet annoying at times but Mad Love arc was such a great story that offered a complementary character to Joker in the series and the Batman Adventures comics-based on the animated series that lead to DC Comics making Harley part of continuity that lead to her in other comic books outside of the animated comics. Her popularity increased when Rocksteady released the Arkham video games (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight). DC Comics has been trying to use this to their advantage by having her own series and incorporating her more into the comics to boost sales but it seems that merchandise makes up for most of it. Her popularity even lead to her in Suicide Squad and I was intrigued when they casted Margot Robie as Harley Quinn in the movie and ended up enjoying her performance in it. I thought she was pretty spot on with Harley’s demeanor in the comics. DC Films are planning to release more spin-offs with, Gotham City Sirens movie which includes Poison Ivy and Catwoman, but I wonder who they’ll cast and hopefully they can get the tone right. I always thought Paul Dini and Bruce Timm conveyed the tone perfectly for BTAS. The other spin-off includes, a Harley and Joker movie which I’m not too confident on and a sequel to Suicide Squad which I feel won’t be better than the last one. More recently, Warner Bros. released Batman & Harley Quinn animated movie which is in the Timm-verse animation style. I thought the movie was okay as it was quirky and brought back the animation style I was used to growing up. Throughout the years there have been different renditions of Harley outfits, which one would you say is your favorite?


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