Grab a baseball bat and some clown makeup, because gamers should be prepared to meet a whole new version of Harley Quinn in Telltale’s Batman series. As Telltale Games continues its episodic Batman series, the next part of Chapter 2’s “The Enemy Within” is bringing along another famous face from the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery.
Telltale had always maintained that it would introduce Harley in the second entry of its Batman series, but has also promised that there it would put a unique spin on the character that fans have come to love since her debut in 1992. Depicted as being more of a turf-holding mobster than just a female sidekick, there is a definite change in the dynamic for Harley and the Joker during “The Enemy Within.” How this will continue to affect the couple remains to be seen, but expect Harley to become a major part of the ongoing storyline in Telltale’s storyline.
IGN premiered the three-minute trailer, which sees a young Bruce Wayne alongside Telltale’s version of the Joker – known only as John Doe. This dynamic duo finds themselves in a shady alleyway where Doe confesses he has fallen for someone. After Bruce questions whether he could be in the sights of Mr. J’s affection, the Clown Prince of Crime reveals they are about to meet his new love interest. Enter voice actor Laura Post (Pokémon Origins, Justice League Action) as Harleen Quinnzel.
A million miles away from the calm psychologist that once walked the halls of Arkham Asylum, this version depicts a younger Harley with a costume in keeping with the New 52 era of the character. Even without her signature pigtails, Harley is still sporting red and black in her hair, but also comes with two diamonds painted on her eyes and some uncomfortable-looking gloves. It isn’t long before Bruce finds a gun to his head, but Gotham’s most eligible bachelor is typically two moves ahead.
Taking over from the likes of Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong, Post gives a very different take on Quinn. That being said, a new look and a new voice don’t stop old habits from dying hard, and Harley seems just as unhinged as ever. Although Doe and Harley don’t share much of the conversation, you can see the relationship with Quinn and her Puddin’ waiting in the wings. As one of the most dangerous couples to grace the world of comic books, this is one pairing that will surely mean trouble for Bruce and the rest of the Telltale chapters.
Given the celebrations surrounding Batman Day, and as it has been 25 years since the introduction of Harley in Batman: The Animated Series, could there be a better time for Telltale to bring the demonic doctor to its series?
The next chapter of Batman: The Enemy Within arrives October 3rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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