Sanaa Lathan will voice Selina Kyle aka. Catwoman in the upcoming DC Universe Harley Quinn animated series. Since launching their own in-house streaming service in September 2018, DC have been looking to develop of number of original series and currently in development are Stargirl and Metropolis to sit alongside the likes of Titans and Doom Patrol on the platform's roster of fresh material. An animated series based around the adventures of Harley Quinn has also been announced.
Due to air in October this year, Harley Quinn is produced by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey. The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco has been confirmed as voicing the lead character, with an impressive supporting cast that includes Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Tudyk, Jason Alexander and Lake Bell as Poison Ivy. The series will reportedly have a mature edge, and will follow Harley's story during a period of emancipation from her infamous boyfriend, the Joker. A teaser trailer for the series was released at last year's New York Comic Con, and the Legion of Doom is also set to feature in some capacity.
With Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy already in place, the voice actress behind Catwoman has now been revealed as Sanaa Lathan. Speaking at the American Black Film Festival recently (via BlackFilm), Lathan confirmed her casting as the feline antihero during a live panel. The actress is perhaps best known for voicing Donna Tubbs in Family Guy and spinoff series, The Cleveland Show, and has also appeared in Contagion, Now You See Me 2 and the recent revival of The Twilight Zone.
Lathan is the latest quality addition to what is already shaping up to be a very impressive cast, and her arrival cements the three Sirens: Harley, Ivy and Selina, who will no doubt be central to the Harley Quinn series. Catwoman has previously been voiced by such illustrious names as Eliza Dushku, Zoe Kravitz and even Julie Newmar, reprising her role from the '60s TV series and, as a result, Lathan certainly has a high standard to live up to with the character.
Interestingly, Catwoman is also rumored to be appearing in the upcoming The Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson, and the character also appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (played by Anne Hathaway) and Gotham (played by Camren Bicondova). It could perhaps be argued that when new incarnations of a comic book character appear so soon after another, the thrill of seeing them on screen begins to fade and this perhaps applies to Catwoman more than most. But it could also be said that this approach allows for varied interpretations of characters, and with Harley Quinn supposedly taking an adult-orientated approach, fans could see a very different Catwoman on DC Universe.
Harley Quinn is set to premiere in October 2019 on DC Universe.