After being buried alive in the graveyard known as DC Universe, “Harley Quinn” and its sister shows are finally given their chance to shine in the spotlight on HBO Max, and shine it does. The fact that more people are not watching this show is an injustice to its brilliance.
“Harley Quinn” season 1 follows the title character, voiced by “Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco, as she struggles with her recent break-up with The Joker, a story told dozens of times before through different mediums. So what makes this version stand out? The comedic, explicit, and animated format allows the show to explore every corner of the DC Universe in an entirely new light.
The show gives viewers the perfect, satirical versions of every fan-favorite DC character from Batman to Wonder Woman, while at the same time providing the perfect version of an iconic story that understands what made these characters so beloved in the first place. The show also manages to introduce lesser known characters in a way that other mediums have never successfully done.
Season 2 brilliantly expands on this world and its characters by adapting the classic romance between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell). The storyline is a welcome addition to the show, even if it means saying goodbye to Ivy’s brilliant relationship with Kite-Man (don’t worry, it sounds stupid, but it’s incredible in the show.)
Season 2’s ending points to a very exciting 3rd season for the show, and now is the time to catch up and stream “Harley Quinn” on HBO Max.
Filmnetic Grade: A