Batman and Harley Quinn
Directed by Sam Liu
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Melissa Rauch, Paget Brewster
Poison Ivy, with the help of the Floronic Man, threaten to unleash a mutation on the planet to stop the ongoing crisis caused by pollution and destruction of the ecosystem. Its up to Batman and Nightwing to find a missing scientist capable of creating such a threat. With no good leads they resort to Ivy’s most known accomplice, Harley Quinn. After tracking down the Joker’s Hench Wench the three embark on a crazy adventure through the city in hopes to bring Ivy to justice and save the world from a terrible fate.
This movie had its ups and downs. On one hand This project reunited the Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester the original Dynamic Duo from the Batman Animated series of 1992. Sadly, a new voice came in for Harley. Melissa Rauch although she did a decent job, missed the idea that Harley’s ‘Mistah Jay’ voice was more or less part of the costume rather than her normal voice.
In many other accounts in the animated version of Harley Quinn there are times which she stops her cute tone to voice real concern for her life or upcoming consequences. Paget Brewster did an exemplary job as Ivy. Somehow they had to add another villain with the Floronic man in attempts to link Swamp thing into the story. The Story should have just stuck with Poison Ivy who would have been more than capable of handling the plot. There was plenty of action and with Sam Liu directing, there are plenty of well animated fight scenes especially between Harley and Ivy.
All in all, Batman and Harley Quinn was an entertaining movie. It wasn’t meant to be taken as serious as other films like Bad Blood or The Killing Joke. There were a lot of hilarious anecdotes in which the view of this film was to be taken much lighter than most. However i don’t think many people were ready to view it this way. So if you’re looking for a fun story that takes you back to the lighter side of the original animated series, you are in for a treat. However if you are looking for a serious dramatic story with the Gotham Knight I would suggest to wait for the next animated feature Gotham by Gaslight.