Batman and Harley Quinn animated film getting theatrical release

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Jun 22, 2017, 7:32 PM EDT (Updated)

The next DC Universe Original Movie from DC Animation is following in the footsteps of last year's The Killing Joke and Return of the Caped Crusader and heading to theaters for a special one-night-only screening hosted by Fathom Events. Batman and Harley Quinn will head to movie theaters nationwide in the U.S. on August 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. local time.

The screening isn't just an opportunity to see the newest film, produced by Batman: The Animated Series legend and Harley co-creator Bruce Timm (who also devised the story), on the big screen. The screening is also one night ahead of the digital HD release, and 15 days before the Blu-ray/DVD release, so fans who attend will be among the first to see the movie. A special featurette about Harley Quinn's origin and evolution will be shown after the film, too. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 30, 2017, on or your local particpating theater.

“Seeing ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ on the big screen and among fellow fans is truly the best way to experience it,” Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said in a press release. “There’s only one opportunity to do this and it’s on August 14. On that night, we’re expecting audiences to pack theater auditoriums just like they did for ‘Batman: The Killing Joke.’”

Of course, this won't be the earliest fans can see the film. Batman and Harley Quinn will have its world premiere on Friday July 21, 2017, at San Diego Comic-Con in Ballroom 20, the second-largest panel room at the show, with a max capacity of about 4,250. In addition to the premiere, a panel featuring select cast and crew members of the film will be held directly after.

Batman and Harley Quinn features an all-new story by Bruce Timm, with teleplay by Timm and Jim Krieg and director Sam Liu. The story sees two plant-based villains, Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man, looking to restore Earth to its glory, humanity be damned. Batman and Nightwing team up with Harley Quinn for her insights into Ivy's methods.

Kevin Conroy, who has voiced Batman across animation and video games for over 25 years, returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Melissa Rauch debuts in the DCU as Harley Quinn, while Loren Lester, who voiced Robin/Dick Grayson on Batman: The Animated Series, returns as Nightwing. Paget Brewster plays Poison Ivy, and Kevin Michael Richardson is Jason Woodrue, adding to his long list of DC characters voiced, including King Shark, Trigon, Mammoth, Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, Brick, Kilowog, John Stewart, Martian Manhunter, Guardian and more.

Batman and Harley Quinn hits Digital HD August 15, 2017. It will be the first DCU Original to come to Ultra HD (4K) Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 29, 2017 ($44.98), Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset with a Harley Quinn figurine ($39.99), Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98) and DVD ($19.98).