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The World’s Finest Reviews “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War,” New Clips, Images Released

The World’s Finest has published its review of DC Universe Movie’s Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, which is available now on DigitalHD and physical media, including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack. In short, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War makes it mark as an impactful finale to this era of in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles, taking full advantage of its status as the last chapter. It’s utterly jam-packed with neat surprises, cameos and narrative twists and turns that will leave viewers shaken to the core.

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Culminating a six-year animated journey that began with the release of Justice League: War in 2014, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated the Justice League in a poorly executed war by the DC Super Heroes. Now the remaining bastions of good – the Justice League, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad and assorted others – must regroup, strategize and take the war to Darkseid in order to save the planet and its surviving inhabitants. This is truly the war to end all wars, and only the victor will live to enjoy the spoils.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Superman: Red Son,” New Images, Video Clip Released

The World’s Finest has published its review of DC Universe Movie’s Superman: Red Son, which is available now on Digital HD and arrives March 17, 2020 to physical media, including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack. In short, Superman: Red Son is a fascinating exploration of what happens when the ideals which Superman upholds are shifted to a different political ideology. It does stumble here and there but, ultimately, it’s another success for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s DC Universe Movie line and is well worth checking out. To read the complete review, click on the image below.


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Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?

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Superman: Red Son – Home Media Review

Superman: Red Son
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: February 25, 2020 – Digital; March 17, 2020 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray

Synopsis: What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, an entry in the ongoing DC Universe Movies line. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short The Phantom Stranger, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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DC Showcase: Phantom Stranger (Animated Short) – Animation legend Bruce Timm helms Phantom Stranger as both executive producer & director from a script written by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth … when odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, can Phantom Stranger intervene? Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
-Cold Red War (New Featurette) – An exploration of the Cold War through the lens of the Elseworlds classic Superman: Red Son, as Superman rises to power and tension escalates between the United States and the Soviet Union.
-Two episodes from Superman: Red Son – The Motion Comic.
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.


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Superman: Red Son 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Review
by James Harvey


Offering up the standard solid 4k video transfer and audio mix with a small batch of bonus content, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment unleashes Superman: Red Son to home media in both physical and digital formats. For those who want to best presentation for the animated adaptation of one of the best Superman comics of all time, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release is the right way to go.

Looking first at the film’s audio and video transfer offers, it’s another reliably strong end product. In terms of the video quality, the colors are especially vibrant thanks to the HDR encoding, making the film’s color really pop, especially the backgrounds and overall color palette. The transfer also appears to be mostly free of macroblocking and color banding, though some appears visible on occasion in some of the darker scenes, though it’s nothing really distracting to the eye. It’s not reference material, but close. For audio, it’s another nicely-balanced DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 transfer. The film’s quieter moments are remarkably crystal clear, with all dialogue and audio sounding perfectly audible. The set pieces also hit hard, in thanks partially to the clever use of the mix’s different directional channels during the action sequences, such as the film’s climactic duel. Between the three releases covered for this review – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital – the physical 4K release is unquestionably the best possible presentation. Still, the regular Blu-ray and Digital editions of Superman: Red Son offer up perfectly fine audio and video transfers for those looking for an alternative to the 4K Ultra HD format.

While the film’s presentation hits all the right marks, the bonus content included will likely underwhelm some. While there’s no commentary for this release, what’s included is genuinely interesting featurette, some bonus cartoons and comics, a preview for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War and yet another great DC Showcase animated short.

As with the previous Sgt. Rock and Death: The High Cost of Living animated shorts – part of a new wave of DC Showcase titles – the 15-minute The Phantom Stranger short is a fun little gem. It might not hit the heights of Death, but it’s by no means a slouch. The animated short finds The Phantom Stranger attempting to warn a party-going teen of impending doom, but naturally, things don’t really go the way anyone expects. The nifty little short is executive produced and directed by Bruce Timm, the script written by Ernie Altbacker, and stars Peter Serafinowicz as The Phantom Stranger and Michael Rosenbaum as the mysterious Seth. The animation for this short is mostly on point, save for the occasional bits of jerky or stilted character movements. The story and pacing is top-notch though, revealing each key plot point at just he right time to keep things from feeling rushed or stale. The Phantom Stranger never wears out its welcome and should keep viewers curious from start to finish.

The main featurette, “Cold Red War,” uses Superman: Red Son itself to help break down and explain the real-life history and impact of the Cold War in what ultimately ends up being a fascinating history lesson and exploration of Superman’s character. The nearly 17-minute featurette includes interviews with assorted animation and comic book pros along with academics. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s still a worthwhile watch for those interested in learning more of the history that inspired Superman: Red Son. The disc then wraps up with an over 10-minute preview of the next DC Universe Movie title, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, which looks to be bringing the in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles to an end, the classic two-part Justice League episode “A Better World,” two Superman: Red Son digital comics, a selection of trailers and previews for other DC Comics-related titles and additional copies of the film in regular Blu-ray and Digital formats. Please note the bonus content for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Superman: Red Son is on the regular Blu-ray disc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has put together a good package for the Superman: Red Son animated movie, and basically deliver what we’ve come to expect from them for the DC Universe Movie line. Could there be more detailed bonus content? Without question, but what we get here is an acceptable amount, especially with the inclusion of an enjoyable animated short. Of course, the studio has also provided a predictably strong video and audio transfer for the movie across all formats, arguably the most important aspect of any home media release. For fans looking to watch Superman: Red Son in the best possible format, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release is unquestionably the way to go, but the regular Blu-ray and Digital HD presentations do serve as fine alternatives. Bringing together a fascinating feature presentation and a small batch of bonus content worth checking out, Superman: Red Son definitely comes Recommended!

Please note that while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided The World’s Finest with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray copy of Superman: Red Son to review, that had no bearing on the product’s final assessment. The author did purchase a copy of the film on iTunes for completion and comparison purposes.

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Superman: Red Son – Animated Feature Review

Superman: Red Son
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: February 25, 2020 – Digital; March 17, 2020 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray

Synopsis: Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?

Superman: Red SonGolden Globe-nominated actor Jason Isaacs leads a stellar cast as the voice of the alternate, Soviet take on Superman. Isaacs, one of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, Star Trek: Discovery and more than 120 films and television series, gets his turn as a Super Hero after three memorable appearances in DC Universe Movies as famous Super-Villains from the DC library. Isaacs previously voiced Sinestro in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Lex Luthor in Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Ra’s al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Joining Isaacs is Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.

Superman: Red Son is produced and directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood, Constantine: City of Demons). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).



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Superman: Red Son Animated Feature Review
By James Harvey


A strong adaptation of the classic Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son is an intriguing, sophisticated look at morality, humanity and nature vs. nurture. While the DC Universe Movie title can be a shade inconsistent in terms of overall quality, it remains a riveting watch right up to the final curtain. With great direction, a fantastic voice cast, a compelling script and an incredible score, Superman: Red Son is alternate vision of the Man of Steel worth experiencing.

The premise for Superman: Red Son is deceptively simple – Superman lands in the Soviet Union instead of the United States – but the ripple effect is far more complicated than one could ever expect. How is the world, or at least the DC Comics characters that inhabit it, impacted by this change? Well, quite substantially, actually, with it altering even the most recognizable and steadfast characters. You think Wonder Woman or Batman would remain relatively unfazed? Think again. Watching familiar faces and names navigate this new world makes for an engaging watch, especially as things could take a shocking turn at a moment’s notice (which tends to happen quite a bit during Superman: Red Son).

The script by J.M. DeMatteis, adapted from Mark Millar’s original comic series, sticks pretty close to the source material, and is riddled with so many neat touches and little nuances that a second viewing is basically mandatory (but in a good way). However, like the 2018 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight animated adaptation, it does make a few changes. Thankfully, said changes aren’t superfluous or pointless, but instead matter and impact the film’s story and flow. In fact, this film is arguably more complex than the source material. As per usual, spoilers will be relatively light as to not ruin some of the film’s legitimate surprises.

Director Sam Liu guides the ship, using his considerable talents to punch up the action sequences and to ensure all the dramatic moments land, too. Superman is in a different emotional place then we’re used to, which directs every little action he does. Given his rougher upbringing and surroundings, we see a Superman that’s a bit more brutal and decisive. We see Superman make decisions that we don’t expect, and it’s legitimately terrifying. Superman’s confrontation with Stalin after discovering the truth about his oppressive rule is shocking, and our subsequent sense of unease is justified time and time again following that, especially during a tense dinner scene between Superman and the South Korean leader. Liu expertly strings the entire movie with a sense of doom, which reminds us just how frightening the Man of Steel could actually be. The character still means well, and remains optimistic for a brighter world and future, but becomes lost in a fog as his actions become increasingly misguided. It’s a captivating, almost tragic portrayal of Superman.

Jason Isaacs leads an incredible cast, providing the voice of Superman himself. Turning in an ultimately heartbreaking performance, Isaacs sells Superman’s beliefs and convictions so whole-heartedly that, as everything starts to crumble around him, you genuinely sympathize for the Comrade of Steel. Superman: Red Son gives us a Superman that has arguably never been more human and vulnerable than he is right here. You want Superman to do what’s right, making each woefully misguided step that much more crushing. Cast opposite Isaacs is Diedrich Bader, whose Lex Luthor is so excellent that it would be a shame if he doesn’t reprise the role again in a future project. Like with Isaacs, Bader’s performance brings a sense of humanity to Luthor that grounds his character in such a uniquely different way, making him charming and even a shade sympathetic in his own right. It’s a legitimately impressive performance. Amy Acker, Roger Craig Smith, Vanessa Marshall and Paul Williams also turn in strong performances as key supporting players Lois Lane, Batman, Wonder Woman and Brainiac, respectively.



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While Superman: Red Son is a solid outing for the DC Universe Movie line, it’s unfortunately not perfect. First, it does take a little while for the film to find its rhythm. In order to cover a lot of ground, it does jump forward in time quite frequently, which is fine, but there are moments when Superman: Red Son feels like it’s just moving from plot point to plot point instead of letting events play out organically. It’s not a huge hindrance, but it can make things feel a little disjointed, though it does eventually hit a steady beat. Similarly, the animation quality does vary, ranging from fantastic to serviceable. The action clips tend to be enthralling and well-handled for the most part, though the odd slip-up – Batman’s ultimate decision during his final confrontation with Superman that doesn’t hit as hard as it should, for example – and some of Superman: Red Son‘s quieter moments stumble as the animation occasionally lacks the subtly needed to sell the character work.

The film’s portrayal of Wonder Woman is also altered from the source material. Instead of being smitten with the Comrade of Steel, of which Superman is oblivious to, she instead sees Superman as a beacon of hope to bring peace to the world. However, like the book (but for different reasons, of course), their relationship becomes strained over time. It’s also very, very welcome to see the movie embrace the LGBT aspects of the Amazonian Warrior’s background, which is definitely an improvement and an interesting alteration from the source material. However, Wonder Woman’s depiction here does come off as a little one-dimensional given her limited screen time. That said, Vanessa Marshall’s performance as Wonder Woman here is fantastic, as she perfectly conveys the character’s burgeoning and increasing frustration with Superman, coupled with her growing (and understandable) disappointment with man’s world, throughout their relationship.

Wonder Woman isn’t the only notable change made in the jump from page to screen – Lex Luthor’s depiction here comes across as more heroic, though still deceptive and cunning. The ending has been changed too, but to avoid any specific spoilers, details will be vague. The movie ends on a more hopeful note which, while it will definitely not go over well with some people, makes more sense given how the film veers toward a more optimistic outcome (another smart decision made by the creative team when adapting the source material).

Another strong aspect of the Superman: Red Son animated feature is its incredible score by Frederik Wiedmann. A regular contributor to the DC Universe Movie line, among other projects, Wiedmann’s work here easily his best for the line to date (which is saying something given the consistently great work he puts out). He strings along themes and cues clearly inspired by Soviet propaganda and Russian music throughout the entire film in such a chilling, effective manner. His work on the film’s opening credits alone will make you lean forward to make sure you don’t miss a single note, it’s that good.

Despite some of the film’s few shortcomings, overall, it’s still a strong end product for the DC Universe Movie line. Superman: Red Son is a fascinating exploration of what happens when the ideals which Superman upholds, that we’re all so familiar with, are shifted to a different political ideology. The timing of this animated feature is perfect, too, as the story and themes behind Superman: Red Son remain just as relevant today as they were when the story originally saw print in 2003. It’s an intriguing dissection of the character, and the film’s cast and crew have clearly poured their all into it. A compelling dive into the Man of Steel’s beliefs and ideals, albeit a little twisted, Superman: Red Son comes Highly Recommended!



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Harley Quinn – DC Universe Series Review

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HARLEY QUINN

Studio: DC Universe, Warner Bros. Animation
Air Date: Debuts Nov. 29, 2019 on DC Universe, new episodes air weekly every Friday.


Description: Harley Quinn puts everyone’s favorite Gotham villainess front and center as Harley has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Voicing the title role of Harley Quinn, Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) leads an all-star comedic voice cast which includes Lake Bell (Bless This Mess), Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol), Tony Hale (Veep), Ron Funches (Powerless), JB Smoove (Spiderman: Far From Home), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Chris Meloni (Happy!), Jim Rash (Community), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) and so many more. Harley Quinn is produced by Ehsugadee Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation, with executive producers Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey.


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Harley Quinn Series Review
By James Harvey

Fun, wacky and gleefully absurd, Harley Quinn perfectly captures what has made the Harlequin of Crime one of DC Comics’ most popular characters today, even if it leans a little too heavy on the foul language and gratuitous violence on occasion. Factoring in every DC Comics animated product to date, be it a series or movie, Harley Quinn is easily one of the most slapstick, dirtiest, craziest releases ever and, thankfully, it works … for the most part. There’s a lot of pressure on this series, it being the first real original animated title for the DC Universe streaming service, but Harley Quinn and her merry crew of ne’r-do-wells prove they are definitely up to the challenge.

The series kicks off with Harley Quinn finally breaking things off with the Joker for the last time, following the Clown Prince again leaving her behind to take the fall for their latest violent (and quite gruesome) caper. Determined to emancipate herself from the Joker’s shadow, Harley sets out to become the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City and to finally nab a spot in the Legion of Doom. She’s not alone in her surprisingly empowering-feeling journey, joined primarily by Poison Ivy and her sentient house plant Frank, along with a who’s who of some of DC Comics’ biggest bad guys.

Please note this review focuses primarily on the first episode, “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” but also includes spoiler-free references to Episodes #2 – 13.

Pulling inspiration from everything – including Batman: The Animated Series and her assorted comic books, specifically from DC Comics’ The New 52 and Rebirth eras – and then tossing it in a blender, Harley Quinn gleefully revels in farcical, almost campy world it’s created for itself. The foul language is near constant, sometimes excessively so, and the violence is something akin to Looney Tunes, just usually accompanied with a plenty of blood. The body count in the first episode alone is in the low double digits, easy. And while this all seems absolutely out of control and chaotic (and rightfully so), Harley Quinn‘s title character serves as a suitable anchor throughout all the chaos. While she’s responsible for a fair chunk of it, granted, her character helps the viewer make sense of just how bonkers the world she inhabits actually is.

Like the character she voices, Kaley Cuoco just breaks out as Harley Quinn. Not only does she sound perfect as this iteration of the fan-favorite character, but she also gives one heck of a performance. Just be warned, don’t expect her to sound like Arleen Sorkin (Batman: The Animated Series or Tara Strong (the Batman: Arkham series), Cuoco does her own unique take. She brings the right amount of unbridled life to the role, and easily commands as the series’ lead. By her side is Lake Bell, perfectly cast as Poison Ivy, Harley’s partner on this madcap journey. Ivy is such a crucial part to this series that maybe they should’ve considered calling it Harley & Ivy. These two, who make an excellent comedic duo, lead an absolutely incredible cast, which includes Diedrich Bader back under the cowl as Batman, Chris Meloni as a crazed, obsessed Commissioner Gordon, and Alan Tudyk as The Joker and Clayface. And that’s honestly a fraction of this series’ amazing and hilarious supporting cast. The series itself is led by creators Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey, all of whom worked together on the short-lived DC Comics-based NBC Sitcom Powerless. Every member of the show’s cast and crew seem to all be on the same page on what type of crazy cartoon this is, and it shows (rest assured, in a good way).

Based on just the first episode alone, this show holds a lot of promise, especially given its sense of unpredictability. While we know Harley’s set goal for the season, to step out of the Joker’s spotlight and join the Legion of Doom, we have no idea how that show is going to get there. It feels like anything can happen, and that’s the excitement you need a series like this to project. Things are going be unpredictable and it’s going to be fun, and that’s exactly the right impression Harley Quinn needs to give. The first episode sets all this up nicely, and it’s legitimately entertaining, even if it starts off a little bit wobbly.

Essentially, Harley Quinn‘s first episode is a solid foundation to start a new on, but there are some potential cracks at the base. While the over-the-top foul language and violence do actually elicit some laughs, it can get occasionally get excessive and distracting, especially given how light-hearted the show tends to be. The same can be somewhat said about the violence, too, but the show’s target audience likely won’t have an issue with it for the most part. However, the novelty of it all is in danger of wearing off quickly if the show leans into them too much. Be prepared for lots of blood, people biting things, getting bludgeoned, shot, set on fire and … well, the list goes on. But, honestly, it’s part of the draw and it’s perfectly suited to how comically insane Harley’s world is. There’s plenty of great gags, jokes and amazing performances, and, like the title character, Harley Quinn is smarter than it lets on, so prepared for some legitimate surprises.

Character designs in Harley Quinn are fantastic and are clearly inspired by DC Comics’ recent comic book output. Once she does away with the Batman: The Animated Series-created jester look, Harley dons a costume that’s ripped right from the character’s The New 52 rebooted look. It looks first-rate, though, as does the entire cast, thanks to the fantastic work by character designer Shane Glines (Justice League Action, Batman: The Animated Series) and animator Jennifer Coyle (DC Super Hero Girls, The Spectacular Spider-Man). The design for the frazzled, unhinged Commissioner Gordon is a personal favorite. For the rest of the cast, everyone is immediately identifiable with slight exaggerations or tweaks made to make them fit seamlessly into the show’s twistedly cartoonish style. Batman’s design, based on his armored-inspired look from The New 52, is just a shade too busy, though.

The animation does right by the character designs, too, for the most part. Like the recent season of Young Justice: Outsiders, budgetary and resources constraints are pretty evident. Movements aren’t as smooth as they should be, and big action pieces are usually jerky and choppy, or lack the ‘oomph’ they should have. However, during the less action-intensive scenes, everything looks fine. Characters are expressive, thanks to the stellar design work, and aren’t as stiff as they are during some of the show’s bigger moments. It’s a mixed bag to be sure, but honestly, the roughness of the animation from time to time actually kind of adds to the show’s charm.

And while this review is focused on just the first episode, its worth noting that the remaining episodes in this first 13-episode are just as good, if not better. The story takes on a surprisingly serial nature, with just enough progression week-to-week mixed in with the new subplots and B-stories that pop up a long the way. And not only that, and akin to the likes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold or Justice League Action, this series actually pulls deep from the DC Comics lore and lovingly embraces it, though not without putting it through the ringer once or twice. There’s also a host of reoccurring characters and gags that are ridiculously hilarious and 13th episode cliffhanger that is guaranteed to surprise the heck out of the audience.

Harley Quinn, all things considered, is another win for the DC Universe streaming service. It’s a fun, crazy series littered with blood, gore and violence, but it’s also oddly upbeat and even positive. Harley is making her way in the world after breaking free of The Joker, but this world just happens to be a chaotic mess (it is Gotham City, after all). The over-the-top language and violence will be deterrents for some viewers looking, and it’s easy to understand why. It does sometimes feels a little too superfluous. However, those looking for some more adult-oriented animated adventures of their favorite Gotham City denizens will find plenty to like here. Cuoco, giving it her absolute all, leads an incredibly talented cast of actors, and the material they have to work with it pretty clever for the most part. Like the title character herself, Harley Quinn is leading DC Comics into uncharted animated territory and it’ll be intriguing to see where it goes. Recommended!

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