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The wackiest pairing in DC's Animated Universe, Batman and Harley Quinn, is coming to theaters for one night on August 14, along with its DVD, digital, and Blu-Ray release. The highly anticipated film features a team-up between and his infamous adversary as they attempt to put a stop to the genocidal plans of Quinn's gal pal, Poison Ivy, and Dr. Jason Woodrue, a.k.a. the Floronic Man. The movie will also mark the return of Bruce Timm's classic character design, as well legendary voice work from Kevin Conroy as Batman, and Loren Lester as Rightwing from the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, Batman: The Animated Series.

For those who are unfamiliar with the costumed citizens of Gotham City, here are some episodes from Batman: The Animated Series that double as a crash course in the character dynamics of those appearing in .

1. 'Harlequinade'

Batman and Harley in 'Harlequinade' [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]
Batman and Harley in 'Harlequinade' [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]

In this episode the Joker is at large with a bomb that could destroy all of Gotham, so Batman and Robin decide to work with Harley in order to find him. As you would expect, utter chaos ensues, which includes crashing a mob party, a hilariously entertaining cover of the classic song Say That We're Sweethearts Again by Miss Quinn, and the discovery that Harley isn't a natural blonde.

As "Harlequinade" follows a narrative that is very similar to the synopsis given for Batman and Harley Quinn, fans will be able to get a taste of how the upcoming film could play out. Also, viewers get a firsthand experience of the ridiculousness that is Batman and Harley's interactions.

2. 'Pretty Poison'

Poison Ivy in her animated series debut [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]
Poison Ivy in her animated series debut [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]

Since the main villain in the upcoming film is the sultry Poison Ivy, it only makes sense that her debut in the animated series makes this list. This episode follows Batman as he tries to figure out who poisoned one of his friends, only to find that the culprit was none other than Ivy — as for why she did it, you'll have to watch to find out.

By checking out "Pretty Poison," fans who are unfamiliar with the character can learn what makes Ivy tick, and witness the extreme lengths she goes to protect the environment. They also see how she uses her feminine wiles to execute her nefarious plans.

3. 'Harley and Ivy'

Harley and Ivy making a clean getaway [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]
Harley and Ivy making a clean getaway [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]

Including this iconic episode from Batman: The Animated Series is a no-brainer. Here we see the birth of birth of a beautiful friendship between two of everyone's favorite partners in crime, a friendship that was able to make the jump from animation to the comics. "Harley and Ivy" showcases villainous girl power. a high-energy crime spree, and Poison Ivy going up against the Joker and his henchmen, which all adds up to a story that is just great fun for everyone. It shows viewers why Harley would be the first person Batman goes to for help in locating Ivy.

4. 'Harley's Holiday'

Harley fresh out of Arkham [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]
Harley fresh out of Arkham [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]

Harleen Quinzel is one of the few characters that actually tries to put her life of crime behind her in the series, and "Harley's Holiday" shows us just how hard that can be.

In the beginning, things are looking up as she is declared sane and released from Arkham Asylum. However, after a misunderstanding while trying to buy a new dress on her first day out, Harley finds herself slipping back into old habits out of fear. Things take a turn for the chaotic, and Batman and Robin spend most of the episode trying to chase her down to prevent her from doing something that could see her back behind bars.

This episode shows us that Harley really does want to try and live a normal life in the DC Animated Universe, but she struggles with breaking her criminal habits. Viewers also get to see more of the hilarious and heartwarming dynamic between her and the Dark Knight.

Bonus: 'Holiday Knights'

Harley and Ivy ready for some holiday mischief [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]
Harley and Ivy ready for some holiday mischief [Credit: Warner Bros./DC]

The first episode of the animated series spinoff, The New Batman Adventures, features three holiday-themed segments. The first one centers around criminal gal pals Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy as they place Bruce Wayne under mind control to use his money for a Christmas shopping spree.

Even though they aren't present throughout all of "Holiday Knights," the episode shows that seeing Harley and Ivy onscreen together is always a blast, whether they're partners in crime or not.

Batman and Harley Quinn comes to theaters for one night on Aug. 14, releases digitally on Aug. 15 and comes out on DVD and Blu-ray two weeks later. It stars Kevin Conroy as Batman, Melissa Rauch as Harley Quinn, Loren Lester as Nightwing and Paget Brewster as Poison Ivy.

Check out the trailer for Batman and Harley Quinn below:


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