The Harley Quinn character was introduced 28 years ago, and her legendary status in the DC Universe continues to grow.
The character debuted in the timeless ’90s cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series. She first appeared in “Joker’s Favor”, the 22nd episode in season one. Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) plays the Joker’s girlfriend and sidekick.
In Batman: The Animated Series, Quinn was voiced by Arleen Sorkin, who celebrated her 64th birthday yesterday.
Mark Hamill, who provided the Joker voice in the series, took to Twitter and revealed the incredible story as to how Sorkin turned Harley Quinn into an iconic comic book character:
Fast forward to 2020, and Quinn remains one of the most prominent and popular villains in the DC Universe. Margot Robbie played the character in Suicide Squad (2016), and Birds of Prey (2020). She will reprise the role in The Suicide Squad, an upcoming reboot of the aforementioned 2016 film).
Quinn hasn’t appeared in a Batman live action film yet, but it’s only a matter of time at this point.
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Sorkin reprised the voice of Harley Quinn in the cartoons, The New Batman Adventures (a follow-up of Batman: The Animated Series), Superman: The Animated Series, Gotham Girls, Static Shock and Justice League. She also provided the Harley Quinn voice in the 2000 animated film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Hamill reprised his Joker voice in that movie.
Not only that, but Sorkin lent the voice in four different video games, including Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), the first installment in the Arkhamverse. Tara Strong took over the Harley Quinn voice in the sequels, Batman: Arkham City (2011) and Batman: Arkham Knight (2015). Hamill and Kevin Conroy (Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Animated Series) also reprised their respective roles in those three Batman games.
Strong also played Quinn in Batman: Arkham Origins (2013), which served as a prequel to Arkham Asylum.
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