Kaley Cuoco and her Harley Quinn show have been saved from cancellation. The DC Universe show will now have a permanent home over on HBO Max and will even be getting a brand new season when all is said and done.
One’s loss is another’s gain. Such is the fate with the DC Universe, as they recently announced they will no longer be in the scripted series business. They will be rebranding as DC Universe Infinite and will abandon their streaming shows for a comics-only platform. What it means is animated shows such as the surprising hit Harley Quinn, starring Kaley Cuoco who is also a producer, will no longer have a home on the DC Universe. But have no fear, Harley fans, she has been saved.
Forget Mister J. We’ll pass on Batman. This time, the hero is the new streaming service HBO Max, which came to Harley’s rescue by picking up the property and renewing it for season 3. This should have fans tickled pink as Harley Quinn and Kaley Cuoco will be returning in all her F-bombing, Poison Ivy-romancing glory.
Harley Quinn voice actor Kaley Cuoco was one of the first to jump on social media to announce her pleasure that she’d be able to give fans more of what they demand.
According to co-creators Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey, what the fans will want to see will be more romance between Quinn and Ivy. This is what they will get. So those of you expecting a possible reconciliation between the Joker and his Puddin, that one may have to wait a while longer, if at all.
HBO Max also didn’t waste time in announcing their pick-up of Harley Quinn.
Harley Quinn was an immediate success when season one premiered on the DC Universe streaming service. Known for its gratuitous violence and explicit language and themes, it carried just the right note for fans of the Harley Quinn character. While the news of the series being renewed and jumping over to HBO Max, it didn’t come without its own set of problems, mainly budgetary concerns. With those finally being renegotiated, the series was then delayed by some shake-up at the top as HBO Max senior leaders Bob Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly were removed in favor of Casey Bloys.
It was no surprise then that DC was going in a different direction and that their original scripted titles would find homes elsewhere. DC’s Jim Lee told The Hollywood Reporter “The original content that is on DCU is migrating to HBO Max. Truthfully, that’s the best platform for that content. The amount of content you get, not just DC, but generally from WarnerMedia, is huge and it’s the best value proposition. We feel that is the place for that.”
As for the newly rebranded DC Universe Infinite, they will be bringing digital comics to their streaming service beginning in January. The plan is to release digitally their DC catalog six months after their initial on-sale date. Not only that, but DC will also debut DC Universe Infinite Originals, which is all-new exclusive content that will be created exclusively for the streaming service that will also feature their many fan-favorite characters.
The service also plans to feature a fan community that includes fan events. “Our fans love the platform’s robust library of comic books and, with the transformation, we will not disappoint,” Lee said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m excited to share that not only will DC Universe Infinite members still be able to read all of the great comics that they’ve enjoyed but new issues are debuting on the platform quicker than before, digital-first exclusives are being created, and the members-only events will begin as soon as possible.”
That’s all fine and dandy, we are just here to express our gratitude toward HBO Max that Harley Quinn has a new home and fans will enjoy Quinn with all her F-bombing shenanigans.