Warner Bros.’ animated Batman & Harley Quinn film will be making its premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The film is the latest in Warner Bros.’ long line of DC animated films, which have been welcomed with both critical acclaim and frustration from fans over the years, depending on the title and it’s handling of whatever beloved source material it may be tackling. Last year’s animated feature version of Batman: The Killing Joke, for instance, received some notably negative reviews upon its initial release, even despite the palpable hype that had been surrounding it prior to that.
But unlike The Killing Joke, Batman & Harley Quinn focuses on an original story created for the film, which brings together the infamous, fan-favorite DC supervillain with The Dark Knight on a mission to take down two of Gotham City’s most formidable antagonists. As opposed to some of the ultra-serious DC animated films that have come out over the past few years, Batman & Harley Quinn promises to bring The Dark Knight back to the big screen in a much more comedic light.
Following the release of the film’s first trailer a few weeks ago as well, Warner Bros. and Comic-Con have officially announced today that Batman & Harley Quinn will be making its world premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in July. The film will premiere during a special presentation on Friday, July 21st, and will include a post-screening discussion and Q&A with some of the available members of the cast and filmmaking team. This is also, notably, similar to how Warner Bros.’ staged the world premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke last year, which also occurred during last year’s busy San Diego Comic-Con.
Batman & Harley Quinn begins when Poison Ivy (Paget Brewster) and Jason Woodrue aka The Floronic Man (Kevin Michael Richardson) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet, while eliminating almost all of humanity along the way. So, in order to stop the villainous duo before it’s too late, Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Nightwing (Loren Lester) are forced to team-up with Harley Quinn (Melissa Rauch), who they think will be able to help them bring down Poison Ivy – her best friend and frequent partner-in-crime.
Now, aside from just the dedicated group of fans who have been busy calling for Batman and Harley Quinn to team-up for several years now, Batman & Harley Quinn promises to be a refreshing change of pace from the usual comic book movies and TV shows that are hitting the big and small screens nowadays. With a tone and premise that resembles an ’80s buddy cop comedy more than anything else, it looks to be capitalizing on the truly humorous aspects of Harley and Batman’s dynamic together, which should be enough to make all the Batman and Harley Quinn fans out there very happy indeed.
Batman & Harley Quinn will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on August 29, 2017.