Paul Dini, the co-creator of Harley Quinn and Batman Beyond, had a double-whammy of recent news and rumors about his animated TV creations being adapted to the big screen. The last week of January saw the release of a new teaser-video for the Harley-centric Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), and rumors that Warner Bros. is developing an animated Batman Beyond movie.
Dini said he heard about the Batman Beyond rumor, but he doesn’t know any details about it.
“If they do a Batman Beyond movie,” he said, “I hope it gets done well and I hope it’s a good continuation of the original series.”
The movie, according to the rumors, is being developed as an animated feature film in the same vein as Marvel’s successful Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
But Dini said he did watch the teaser-video for Birds of Prey and he liked the new look for Harley. “I’m glad it’s happening,” he said. “I saw the shots of Margot Robbie as Harley in her new outfit and it looks like a lot of fun.
“She’s out there in a lot of different forms, so I was intrigued by what her new look was, because I knew they were doing a break from [what her costume was in] Suicide Squad,” Dini said.
“As far as I know, I don’t think the Joker is in Birds of Prey,” he said. “But it stands to reason they would come up with a new look for her. I thought the new look was very intriguing, from what little I saw of it. It looked like she was enjoying herself and having fun.”
Dini said that, as he watched the video, he was also particularly interested in how other Batman comic book characters are being interpreted for live action for the Birds of Prey movie. “It’s fun to see characters like The Huntress and Cassandra Cain and Black Mask,” he said.
Dini spoke to Newsarama to discuss a story he’s writing for DC’s upcoming Detective Comics #1000 . A prolific writer of comic books, he’s best known for his work in animation, where he co-created beloved characters like Harley Quinn and Batman Beyond, who were later incorporated into the comic book universe after their animation success.
Harley Quinn was created by Dini with Bruce Timm for Batman: The Animated Series in September 1992, but she was introduced into comic books soon after. Harley was originally a love interest for the Joker, but her character has surged in popularity to become one of DC’s most recognizable female characters.
Batman Beyond was an animated series that ran from 1999-2001, developed by Dini with Alan Burnett and Bruce Timm. Batman Beyond was set in a Gotham City of the future where an aging Bruce Wayne trains a new, young Batman named Terry McGinnis.