When Harley Quinn co-showrunner Patrick Schumacher announced the show’s Season 4 renewal last August, he said it was “coming sooner than you think.” Perhaps he meant the fact that a holiday special was secretly in the works this whole time (surprise!) and will be premiering when seasonally appropriate — but it’s for Valentine’s Day, not Christmas. Presenting Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special.
Details are rather light regarding what the special is about (love, presumably), but it should take place chronologically after the events of Season 3, in which Harley began to wonder if she was more of a hero than a villain, but feared turning good would strain her relationship with her significant eco-terrorist other. Fortunately, Harlivy survived the events of Season 3 and now the couple celebrates their first commercialized love holiday.
But that won’t be all — this special’s packed. Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special is really about “how the rest of the ragtag crew spends the gushiest, mushiest, most romantic day of the year,” and we do mean everyone. The cast list includes Alan Tudyk as Clayface and Joker, Matt Oberh as Kite Man, James Wolk as Superman, Natalie Morales as Lois Lane, Chris Diamantopoulos as Aquaman, James Adomian as Bane, Jim Rash as The Riddler, Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman, Rachel Dratch as Nora Freeze and, most curiously, Michael Ironside as Darkseid. Wonder who THAT guy’s sweetie is.
Mystery roles include Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Leila Birch (EastEnders), Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary), Josh Helman (Wayward Pines) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings). I’m secretly hoping Varney is voicing a Korra cameo even though that would make no sense at all.
So watch for Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special to appear early next year on HBO Max…and to fill the time until then, check out Harley Quinn The Animated Series: Legion Of Bats, DC’s latest comic book miniseries based on the show.