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‘Harley Quinn’ Shares Details on Season 3, Announces Spin-Off Series at SXSW

HBO Max's animated series is set to return sometime this year.
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It’s been nearly two years since the finale of season 2 of Harley Quinn, which saw Harley and Ivy drive off into the sunset, officially a couple. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the show’s third season. Series co-creator Patrick Schumacker appeared at SXSW, where he discussed the upcoming season during “Not Kidding Around: Warner Bros. Animation and the Reimagining of Iconic Characters for an Adult Audience” panel.

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There’s plenty of exciting stuff in store for season three, including an episode inspired by Batman: The Animated Series. “We have an episode that’s a big love letter to Batman: The Animated Series,” Schumacker said. “We even got some original backgrounds from the show that we use in the episode.” Schumacker also teased a cameo appearance from The Suicide Squad director James Gunn. “He is playing himself, and is directing a movie about Thomas Wayne.”

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Other cast additions include the appearance of Dick Grayson/Nightwing, who will be voice by Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows). Schumacker also teased a spin-off series in the works, titled Noonan’s. The series would follow Kite Man (Matt Oberg) who, fresh off of being left at the altar by Poison Ivy, buys Noonan’s Bar, a favored watering hole of DC villains. “He tries to run the bar by himself but it doesn’t turn out so easy, … We have Harley and Ivy appear in the first episode, but after that we have with different goons and villains appearing every episode like Lex Luthor and Bane. It will be kind of like Cheers for supervillains.”

One thing we do know is that season 3 will see Harley and Ivy figuring out how to be a couple. In an interview with Syfy, co-showrunner Justin Halpern said, “We don’t want to do a third season where it feels like the stakes are [whether] Harley and Ivy stay together. It’s much more interesting to do a show about how you navigate these very different personalities being in a relationship. And what are the fun things that can come out of that? What are the outside influences that can make that relationship tough but without the stakes being, ‘Are they going to break up? Are they not?’ So yeah, if there’s a third season, which I hope there will be, the stakes will not be, ‘Are Harley and Ivy going to stay together?’ They’re a couple.”

Season 3 of Harley Quinn is expected to premiere sometime this year on HBO Max.

(via SlashFilm, image: DC Universe)

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