A deleted scene from the adult animated series Harley Quinn on HBO Max has received so much attention on social media that even the star of the series got in on it, as did a former Batman actor. The scene in question was revealed by executive producer Justin Halpern in a recent interview with Variety. As explained by Halpern, Batman is said to have performed a sex act on Catwoman. The context of the scene is not clear, but the entire scene has been deleted so as not to present the Caped Crusader in this way.
“In this third season of Harley we had a moment when Batman took down Catwoman,” Halpern said. And DC said, ‘You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot.’ They say, “Heroes don’t do that.” So we said, ‘You mean heroes are just selfish lovers?’ They said, ‘No, it’s that we sell consumer toys for heroes. It’s hard to sell toys when Batman goes after someone too.”
Many fans online have had a field day with this reveal. It has become so big that the media attention now has Kaley Cuoco, which Harley Quinn voices in the series, to weigh in person. While she doesn’t say much, Cuoco posted the report on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday along with a simple “LOL!” written in pink letters. Apparently the voice-over artist gets a big kick out of the whole situation.
If you’re wondering what Batman himself might think about this, ask Val Kilmer. Previously, Kilmer was the first person to succeed Michael Keaton by starring Batman forever alongside Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian. In the light of the Harley Quinn fiasco, Kilmer shared a GIF of his version of Batman talking to Dr. Chase, with the actor writing in the caption, “Does he or doesn’t he…” Now, a lot Batman forever Fans will wonder that too.
It’s not that Batman is celibate. The Dark Knight has certainly had his fun in that department in other DC stories. One sex scene in particular in the animated film The killer joke starring Batman and Batgirl, the daughter of his close friend Jim Gordon, caused a lot of controversy among fans at the time. Most of the time, though, DC spares us the details about Batman’s rendezvous, leaving it largely to the imagination. Sounds like that wasn’t the case with the Catwoman scene in Harley Quinn, which was just a step too far for DC.
No official premiere date has been set for Harley Quinn, but the third season is expected to air on HBO Max sometime this year. Until then, fans can go back and watch the first two seasons on the platform. Even without certain sexual acts making it through the series, Harley Quinn has certainly had its shocking moments as a more mature iteration of the animated one Batman stories, so there will still be interesting things to see in Season 3. The original interview about the forbidden scene was published on Variety.
Topics: Harley Quinn, Batman