The upcoming Harley Quinn animated series will offer a whole new take on Batman villain Bane.
In an exclusive interview with CBR, the creators of the new DC Universe series discussed the show's approach to villains. Not only will the likes of Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom be joining Gotham's worst, but the series won't shy away from tweaking some core characters.
"What we do with the Bane is far afield of past representations of Bane," Schumacker said. "We really focus in on Bane's softer side, his easily wounded side. He's the butt of a lot of jokes at the Legion of Doom. Joker kind of bullies him. So really just seeing a vast collection of villains that the show is able to portray. I mean, they gave us the entire sandbox to play with."
Over the years, Bane has shifted back and forth from villain to anti-hero, but a soft and sensitive side isn't something we've seen. Of course, Harley Quinn is a comedy, so it's hardly a surprise. That comedic license will also allow the creators to add plenty of interesting characters from Batman's rogue's gallery, as Schumacker revealed: "Kite Man, of course, plays a shockingly a huge role in the show."
DC Universe's Harley Quinn stars Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Diedrich Bader, Alan Tudyk, Rahul Kohli, Christopher Meloni, Tony Hale, Ron Funches, Wanda Sykes, Natalie Morales, Jim Rash, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Alexander and J.B. Smoove. The series premieres Friday.