Batman and Harley Quinn, DC's latest animated film, will receive a one-day theatrical release before it hits home media later this summer. As befitting one of the most beloved animated superhero series in history, Batman: The Animated Series introduced the world to many lasting elements of the animated Dark Knight legacy. First of all, it established Kevin Conroy as the preeminent voice actor for the Caped Crusader. Secondly, B:TAS began Mark Hamill's iconic run as the go-to voice of The Joker. Perhaps most important of all though was the show's creation of an entirely new character that would go on to become a staple of the Batman universe: Harley Quinn.
Harley's origin story as Dr. Harleen Quinzel - a psychiatrist to The Joker at Arkham Asylum - and the blossoming of her demented love affair with "Mr. J" are now well-known aspects of the popular Batman canon, although Harley now often finds her role in Gotham-set stories expanded well beyond simply being Joker's sidekick and significant other. Her most high profile live-action portrayal of course came in last year's DCEU installment Suicide Squad, with Margot Robbie bringing her to life.
Considering her primary status as Joker's closest ally though, a team-up between Harley and Batman seems like a quite unlikely scenario. Yet, that's exactly what DC brings fans with its upcoming animated movie Batman and Harley Quinn. Hitting Blu-Ray and DVD this August, the movie sees Batman and Harley forced to form an uneasy alliance in order to stop a plot to end humanity by Poison Ivy. Now, Fathom Events reports that interested fans will be able to experience Batman and Harley Quinn in theaters, albeit for one-day only.
Batman and Harley Quinn will play in theaters on August 14, the day before the movie arrives on home video. This continues a recent tradition of DC animated movies getting brief theatrical releases prior to their home release. A full list of participating theaters is not yet available, but should be up on the Fathom Events website by the time tickets go on sale on June 30.
The aforementioned Kevin Conroy will unsurprisingly return to voice Batman in Batman and Harley Quinn, although the movie will mark the debut Harley Quinn performance by Melissa Rauch, best known for playing Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory. This will be Rauch's first foray into the animated DC realm, although she's done quite a bit of voice work in the past.
Batman and Harley Quinn plays in theaters on August 14, before arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 15.
Source: Fathom Events