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During this year's San Diego Comic-Con International, DC and animation fans lost their minds when it was announced that the next DC Universe original animated movie would be none other than the groundbreaking The Killing Joke.

Batman: The Killing Joke, written by crazy genius-turned-just crazy comic book icon Alan Moore, truly was a watershed moment for not just DC comics, but comics everywhere. It finally told the origin story of The Joker, for the first time making him something of a tragic figure. Likewise, longtime DC fans know it's the storyline in which Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, laying the groundwork for her to later shed the Batgirl persona and become information broker and computer genius Oracle. It was brutal, horrific, and a controversial mindf*ck as only Moore can write.

But nowhere in the original Killing Joke storyline is Harley Quinn. And yet, longtime DC animator and producer Bruce Timm may have revealed without revealing that she'll be appearing in the animated version.

Before the panel announcement at SDCC, spoke with Timm during a roundtable discussion and asked him if it was true that they had finished recording an unnamed project with longtime Harley Quinn voice actress Tara Strong. Strong has voiced Quinn in both video games and animated movies since 2011's Batman: Arkham City video game and was a fan favorite to be cast as the live action version in Suicide Squad. Timm confirmed that they had indeed just finished a project, but would not say which one it was.

And while it's just as plausible it might be something completely unrelated, with the recent fan fervor over Harley Quinn - similar to the wave the pushed Fox to greenlight a Deadpool movie, and the upcoming Suicide Squad, it's not too far-fetched to think that DC might work her into the animated version of The Killing Joke. It's entirely likely that during the roundtable discussion, Timm was simply being vague about anything directly related to the animated movie, knowing they were officially announcing it later that day on the panel.

Until we know more about the animated version, this is all logical conjecture. But I wouldn't be surprised (nor is the crew over at, to see a Harley Quinn appearance in The Killing Joke.


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