Batman and Harley Quinn
Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

Both a prequel and sequel to the upcoming animated movie Batman and Harley Quinn is on its way - but in comic book form.

A five-part digital-first prequel Harley Quinn and Batman title by writer Ty Templeton and artist Rick Burnett will launch July 31, which follows Harley as she attempts to get out of the shadow of Joker and establish herself as a super-villain and not just a sidekick.

“Batman and Harley, Joker and Ivy, Nightwing and Catwoman. Is there a better cast of characters anywhere in fiction?” asked Templeton. “I spent some of the best years of my career working with these icons and could not be happier to be returning to Gotham City and their adventures. And to top it off, I get to work with the incomparable Rick Burchett again! Pinch me, I'm dreaming. We're getting the band back together!”

Templeton and Burchett previously worked together on DC Comics' various animated tie-in titles to Batman: The Animated Series.

“I spent quite a few years working with these characters in this art style,” said Burchett. “It’s like visiting old friends. For me, though, the best part is having the opportunity to work with Ty Templeton again. It’s been way too long.”

Harley Quinn and Batman launches July 31, with the five-part title scheduled to be released bi-weekly, overlapping with the August home video released of the animated film itself.

And then a sequel, the name-flipped Batman and Harley Quinn, will follow in October with a series of short stories by various creators set after the film. The creators scheduled to participate include Templeton, Jeff Parker, Craig Rousseau, Luciano Vecchio, Amanda Deibert, David Hahn, Dario Brizuela, Matthew Dow Smith, and Sandy Jarrell. 

The two digital-first titles are scheduled to hit bookshelves in summer 2018 with an all-inclusive trade paperback.

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