DC Animation gave us a big treat two weeks ago when it announced that the next DC Universe Original Movie will be the Bruce Timm-produced Batman and Harley Quinn and it will get a theatrical release. Now it will be supported with a new Digital First comic series called Harley Quinn and Batman, to be made available on the DC Comics App, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, iBooks and readdcentertainment.com.
The five-part story will serve as a prequel to the Batman and Harley Quinn animated film and will feature the cast of Batman, Harley, Joker, Poison Ivy, Nightwing and Catwoman. Harley Quinn and Batman will be written by Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett, the creative team that won Eisner Awards for The Batman and Robin Adventures and Batman: The Gotham Adventures.
“Batman and Harley, Joker and Ivy, Nightwing and Catwoman. Is there a better cast of characters anywhere in fiction?” says Templeton. “I spent some of the best years of my career working with these icons and could not be happier to be returning to Gotham City and their adventures. And to top it off, I get to work with the incomparable Rick Burchett again! Pinch me, I'm dreaming. We're getting the band back together!”
But the thrills don't stop there. Yes, there’s more!
After the initial launch of the five-chapter prequel, released bi-weekly, beginning on Monday, July 31, the series will be paused as the animated film hits theaters and is released digitally on August 15 and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 29. In October, the series will be renamed to Batman and Harley Quinn and have an additional seven chapters released weekly. This portion of the series will be anthology-style stories that tie into the film, with various creative teams made up from a pool of Jeff Parker, Craig Rousseau, Luciano Vecchio, Amanda Deibert, Mattew Dow Smith, Sandy Jarrell, Dario Brizuela, David Hahn, Ty Templeton and more.
If Digital Comics are not your thing, you can wait until the summer of 2018, when the 12 chapters will be published in a trade paperback.
In the animated movie, Batman and Nightwing find themselves in a desperate moment and enlist the help of Harley Quinn to help catch her BFF and frequent partner-in-crime Poison Ivy, who teams up with Jason Woodrue / The Floronic Man on an ecological mission to save the Earth but winds up endangering all of mankind. Can Batman put up with Harley Quinn long enough to stop Ivy?
It's great to see since Harley Quinn's popularity skyrocket since her introduction in the Batman Animated cartoons, and what better way to celebrate both Batman and Harley than to feature them in a film and a comic together?
Source: DC Comics