It’s safe to say that Batman and Harley Quinn will be in good voice as the voice cast for the upcoming animated feature, Batman and Harley Quinn, has just been announced and it’s landed some great talent. Kevin Conroy will be reprising his role as the Caped Crusader, which is amazing news all by itself. As he has voiced the character in the iconic Batman: The Animated Series and most recently Batman: The Killing Joke, Conroy’s interpretation of the character has become the quintessential voice for Batman for some time now. Fellow BTAS alum, Loren Lester (who voiced Robin in series) will also be returning to voice Nightwing. But the biggest and most exciting news coming out of this announcement is the casting of The Big Bang Theory’s star Melissa Rauch (Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowsi-Wolowitz) will be the new voice of Harley Quinn! Batman and Harley Quinn is indeed an original story and is described as “featuring the reluctant team-up of Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn to try and stop a global catastrophe caused by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, AKA the Plant-Master.” Bruce Timm will be executive producing the film. It’s almost like a Batman: The Animated Series reunion.
Rauch is equally excited about stepping into the role. “I love that Harley is a badass and, beyond that, that she uses her humor as another weapon in her arsenal,” Rauch commented. “She knows just how to diffuse a situation with her humor, and how to incite a situation with her sarcasm. It’s a dream role.”
If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, then you know that Bernadette’s high-pitched voice can sometimes come across like nails on a chalk board. Rauch was intrigued by and, coincidentally, personally familiar with Harley’s accent. “I knew Harley had a higher pitched tone, and a bit of a New York accent — and I come from a New Jersey family where everyone could be former gun molls,” she confessed. “So I wanted to give a nod to my background without being as shrill. In all honesty, I used to speak exactly like that — my acting school professors really worked the accent out of me. So it was fun to find those tones and accent again.” Hey, I’m from Joisey and have no idea what she’s tawkin’ about. I wonder what exit she’s from
Rounding out the cast for the film are Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Poison Ivy, John DiMaggio (Futurama) as Swamp Thing, Eric Bauza, Rob Paulsen, Robin Atkin Downes, Mindy Sterling and Trevor Devall. That’s a lot of top shelf talent there. Should be great!
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