Melissa Rauch will be joining the DC franchise as the new voice of Harley Quinn in the upcoming DC animated movie. The project officially confirmed that they found their Harleen Frances Quinzel in The Big Bang Theory star.
DC has continued to produce animated films in the last 25 years and has enjoyed success in most of them. Even with the advent of the DC Extended Universe, animated projects are still the bread and butter of the comic book giant when it comes to film.
Over time, the DCEU will probably surpass the animated films in terms of popularity. But for the meantime, DC will continue to make these projects as a way to make an extra buck as well as promote their main business: comic books.
Much like how the Japanese use anime to promote their manga, these films promote DC’s comic books. In a way, they could also serve as a proving ground for future live-action films for the DCEU.
Melissa Rauch Voices Harley Quinn in Batman Movie
And now, Melissa Rauch is part of that by lending her voice to Harley Quinn in the upcoming Batman movie. Quite a jump from her character Bernadette in The Big Bang Theory, a petite girl whose violent tendencies involve screaming at her then-boyfriend and now husband Howard Wolowitz.
According to Cinemablend, the film will center on the reluctant partnership between Harley, Batman, and Nightwing. The unlikely trio will work together to try and prevent Poison Ivy and the Plant-Master from causing something of apocalyptic proportions.
In the universe of Batman the Animated Series, Harley is one of the few humans who Poison Ivy has a genuine relation with. After all, the plant lady has some issues with humans and any other living thing that doesn’t contain chlorophyll.
This is probably why Gotham’s protectors sought the psychologist-turned-villain to join them. Her experience as a shrink could also be of help when dealing with Ivy.
As for Rauch, she has one of the most memorable voices on television. Her high pitched tone is also reminiscent of the previous voice actresses who played Quinn namely Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong.
Her stint in Chuck Lorre’s hit sitcom also developed her talents as an actress. She’s certainly not some nobody who auditioned for the role, not that it’s a bad thing, but it would certainly help if the choice already has experience.
Melissa Rauch Has Voiced Francine in Ice Age: Collision Course
And speaking of experience, this is not the first time Rauch lent her voice to an animated character in a film. The 36-year old actress played the role of Francine in the 2016 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film Ice Age: Collision Course.
This would help her out, especially when standing beside veteran voice actors. Due to the film being set in the Batman: The Animated Series universe, most of the voice actors will be reprising their respective roles in the film.
The Big Bang Theory fans don’t have to worry, though. Despite her newest project, Rauch isn’t going to leave the CBS sitcom anytime soon.
The long-running comedy series has recently received a renewal from the network. This means that Bernadette, along with the rest of the cast, will continue to entertain us for another season.
Still, nothing lasts forever and all things must come to an end. Playing the role of Harley Quinn in the upcoming Batman animated film opens up new opportunities for Rauch.
While we certainly don’t want The Big Bang Theory to end, there’s nothing that can be done about it. Still, that story is for another time. For now, at least we can enjoy their company as well Rauch as Harley Quinn.
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