It used to be that there was a pretty clear cut line when it came to portraying superhero characters on screen. If one recognizable actor was in the role, then that was it until that person decided to quit or ran out their allotted time playing the character. But, we've had two very recognizable actresses playing the iconic DC (mostly) villain Harley Quinn for a couple of years now, and one of them, Kaley Cuoco, is now debunking rumors of a reported feud with Margot Robbie over the role.
DC fans and movie buffs alike will no doubt be very aware that Margot Robbie was the first to bring Harley Quinn to life on the big screen when she took on the part in 2016's Suicide Squad. Robbie reprised the role for this year's Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), but in between those performances, Kaley Cuoco (best known for her long run on The Big Bang Theory) signed up to voice the popular character in the animated series Harley Quinn.
Kaley Cuoco's time as the mallet-wielding anti-hero has turned out to be beloved almost as much as Margot Robbie's time with Harley has been, so there have been rumors that the two are feuding over the character. But, while talking with David Spade for Interview, Cuoco debunked this theory, saying:
I'm glad Kaley Cuoco has put this rumor to rest, because it's just a silly idea, isn't it? For many decades now, there have been actors who played, say, Batman, on the big screen and other actors who would voice the character in video games or cartoons. But, in those cases, the major motion picture actors were the ones who had the bigger names and, probably, got the most press for playing said role. Now, though, we are several years into a system where we can have the same characters in movies and TV shows, but played by different actors.
With that, we don't tend to hear that there's any bad blood between the two, because they're filling totally different entertainment needs for the audience. While it's still sort of unusual for an actor who's voicing an animated version of a character to have almost the same level of popularity as the one who's playing the same role in movies, there's really no logical reason for Kaley Cuoco and Margot Robbie to feud over Harley Quinn. We can, and do, love both of their Harleys!
Kaley Cuoco can be seen (in the flesh) on the new HBO Max series The Flight Attendant, while her Harley Quinn has been renewed for Season 3. Margot Robbie will next appear as the unbalanced baddie in The Suicide Squad, which is currently expected to debut on August 6, 2021. For more on what to watch in the meantime, check out our guide to fall TV and see what's coming to the small screen next year!
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Covering The Witcher, Outlander, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias and a slew of other streaming shows, Adrienne Jones is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend, and started in the fall of 2015. In addition to writing and editing stories on a variety of different topics, she also spends her work days trying to find new ways to write about the many romantic entanglements that fictional characters find themselves in on TV shows. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Photojournalism.