Good news! Harley Quinn fans, Batman is back! It’s also a smart example of how you can make a female-fronted show without just following the same two women.
This season has already been laying the groundwork for a Gotham City Sirens-style finale, follow-up, or even a potential spinoff. Harley Quinn likes to piss people off and the intense open this week may well piss a few people off, but it certainly made this reviewer laugh.
Earlier this season we met Barbara Gordon in an exceedingly exciting episode where she decided to take on the mantle of Batgirl. It was a lot of fun seeing Babs put on her iconic purple and yellow. So now, here we see her return as Bruce tries to come to terms with becoming obsolete. Batman has long been a character defined by his legacy characters and sidekicks.
For fans on the fence about getting into ‘Harley Quinn’, makers of the show have made an entire episode centring around Batman (Diedrich Bader) to lure fans in, and they’re very open about how shameless a ploy it is. The episode was shuffled around, from later in the season to an earlier one to draw even more eyes in. It makes direct fun at exactly the kind of audience that a plot like this aims to attract.
Harley Quinn‘s signature silliness you’ll have to wait ’till this episode as this is a rare Bat-family episode and it’s a complete joy. If you’ve been keeping up with the sophomore season of Harley Quinn you’ll know that Bruce Wayne has been out of action and the Injustice League has taken over Gotham in his absence. The lack of Batman has also inspired some new heroes who are protecting the city to varying degrees of quality.
The next episode of ‘Harley Quinn’ airs May 8, on DC Universe.
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