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Batman and Harley Quinn on Blu-ray Today; SDCC Interviews


A looming global catastrophe forces Batman and Nightwing to partner with an unlikely hero in Batman and Harley Quinn, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Original Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new, feature-length animated film arrived August 15th on Digital and TODAY (August 29) on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset comes with an exclusive Harley Quinn figurine.

ToonBarn Head Writer Marc Morrell was able to interview the cast and crew of this film at the World Premiere at San Diego Comic-Con.  The people interviewed included Kevin Conroy (Batman), Loren Lester (Nightwing), Paget Brewster (Poison Ivy), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Floronic Man), Sam Liu (Director), Bruce Timm (Executive Director/Co-Screenwriter), and Jim Krieg (Co-Screenwriter).

Spawned from an original story by animation icon Bruce Timm, Batman and Harley Quinn will be available in several popular formats as the first Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($44.98 SRP) release of a DC Universe Original Movie; Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset ($39.99 SRP), featuring an exclusive Harley Quinn figurine; Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP); DVD ($19.98 SRP); and Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.  

In Batman and Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet – and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before.

The latest DC animated film features a stellar voice cast led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) reprising his role as the Dark Knight, alongside Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) making her debut as the irrepressible Harley Quinn. And we have to say, Melissa Rauch shows a tremendous range of emotions as Harley in this one, and her performance was outstanding! Loren Lester, the voice of Robin in Batman: The Animated Series, returns as Nightwing. Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) provide the voices of the villainous duo Poison Ivy & Jason Woodrue, respectively.

Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke) directed from an original story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) with a teleplay written by Timm & Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Co-Producer is Alan Burnett (The Batman). Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

“In this all-new movie, we give Harley Quinn the starring role she deserves as she partners with Batman and Nightwing to save the day,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are thrilled to showcase the latest story from the remarkable mind of Bruce Timm for all fans to enjoy.”

Batman and Harley Quinn boasts enhanced content including multiple featurettes and sneak peeks into what is next for the DC Universe.

Batman and Harley Quinn Enhanced Content

Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray and Digital

The Harley Effect (Featurette): Harley Quinn, has a deep history with the fans of the DC Universe. This featurette traces her humble roots from her creators, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, to those that portray her at Comic book conventions. She is a symbol of strength and beloved by many. For Harley fans, this is a nice sweep through the many versions of Harley, especially her origins.

Loren Lester: In His Own Voice (Featurette): This documentary examines actor Loren Lester’s legacy within Batman The Animated Series, Dick Grayson’s character, and the popularity that surrounds Lester’s interpretation of the Boy Wonder. Fans of BTAS will love this look at Loren Lester’s Dick Grayson.

A Sneak Peek at Gotham By Gaslight; the next DC Universe Original Movie: A behind-the-scenes look at Gotham by Gaslight, where Batman meets Jack the Ripper, featuring thoughts from the talented filmmakers. I always love these, but I wish they would do more with the voice actors, and although I know it’s hard to schedule voice actors together, I wish they recorded as an ensemble.

From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series“Harley and Ivy” and “Harley’s Holiday”

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A Sneak Peek at Gotham By Gaslight; the next DC Universe Original Movie: A behind-the-scenes look at Gotham by Gaslight, where Batman meets Jack the Ripper, featuring thoughts from the talented filmmakers.


Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.

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