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After over 20 years of appearances in animation, comic book and video games, Harley Quinn is finally bring brought to the big screen this summer for Suicide Squad. Given her popularity, it was safe to say that she would be appearing in other DC Extended Universe movies (like perhaps Suicide Squad 2 or the Batman solo movie), but Monday brought the news that Harley would be one of the stars of an upcoming movie in the works about female DC heroes and villains. As expected, Margot Robbie would reprise the clownish villain, but Tara Strong, Harley’s current voice actress, wants in on the action.
While retweeting a report about the Harley Quinn spinoff, Strong mentioned how she’d like to cameo Stan Lee-style, referring to how the legendary Marvel writer pops up in almost every movie starring a character he helped create (and even a few he didn’t). As for how she could fit in, Strong suggested that she could bring "those hotties" coffee. Assuming that Harley and the other protagonists/antagonist stop in for a coffee during the story, maybe Strong could be thrown in as an employee in said coffee shop. In all seriousness, Strong has done a lot of work with Warner Bros, and since Margot Robbie is also producing this spinoff, made she’ll help out a fellow Harley.
Harley Quinn was originally voiced by Arleen Sorkin in Batman: The Animated Series and the other DC Animated Universe shows and projects. After Sorkin left the role following the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, Tara Strong took over as the character’s main voice actress, first playing her in the 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City. Other projects where she’s voiced the character include Batman: Arkham Knight, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Robot Chicken and Lego Dimensions. The closest Strong has gotten to playing Harley in live action was when she voiced her in the Arrow Season 2 episode "Suicide Squad," though that character was officially credited as "Deranged Squad Female."
Details about this Harley Quinn spinoff are scarce, but Margot Robbie reportedly came to Warner Bros with the idea after researching Harley and learning about the other popular DC female heroes and villains. No other characters were officially connected to the spinoff, though names like Batgirl and the Birds of Prey were thrown out as possibilities. Having Tara Strong cameo would undoubtedly be a fun wink to DC fans, but if they could get Arleen Sorkin to appear as well, that would be the ultimate Harley Quinn trifecta.
You can see Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in action when Suicide Squad is released on August 5, and Tara Strong’s Harley can currently be heard on the web series DC Super Hero Girls.