‘Harley Quinn’ Season 3 Ending: Showrunners on What’s Subsequent in Season 4

The incoming and outgoing showrunners for the HBO Max comedy inform IW about their favourite dumb jokes of the season – and what’s subsequent.

[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Harley Quinn” Season 3, including the ending.]

“Harley Quinn” doesn’t save the battles for the very finish.

By the point the Season 3 finale of the animated collection arrives, the present has already had its regular huge “Gotham underneath siege” second, this time with Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) and a few unlikely rivals taking over a hoard of zombified plant individuals unwittingly created by Batman (Diedrich Bader) and harnessed by Poison Ivy (Lake Bell). The season’s ninth episode wraps up its personal large-scale battle in a method that leaves lots extra to resolve on a private degree.

Not solely is that according to the structural rhythms of previous seasons (Physician Psycho’s assault final season and Scarecrow’s the season earlier than that every occurred in penultimate episodes), it’s by design for a present with greater than citywide destruction on its thoughts.

“We wish to have the ability to wrap up the plottiness of the season, after which permit the final episode to be a meditation on what we’ve processed in that season and what questions we need to pose going ahead,” showrunner Justin Halpern mentioned.

This HBO Max comedy is making its personal distinct tweaks to the comedian guide adaptation formulation. One of many greatest to date is the place Harley finally ends up on the finish of that whirlwind Season 3. After reconciling the truth that she and Ivy have totally different objectives for town, the 2 are in a position to save their relationship by heading down totally different paths. In a tiny preview of what’s forward in Season 4, Harley’s last moments are spent along side Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl as they take some literal and figurative leaps on the identical time.

These subsequent episodes will include a change for the present, too, as collection author Sarah Peters takes over showrunner duties from Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, who’ve guided the present over its first three seasons. All three spoke with IndieWire about a few of their favourite Season 3 moments and the place the present is ready to take issues from right here.

IndieWire: There have been traces of it earlier than Season 3, however these previous few episodes emphasize the purpose that Harley is definitely a superb therapist. How necessary was that to essentially be entrance and heart right here and Sarah, is that one thing that’s on prime of thoughts for you going into Season 4?

Patrick Schumacker: Chatting with Season 3, and particularly the “Batman Begins Without end” episode, it was actually necessary for our author on that episode Jamiesen Borak, who has spoken overtly concerning the EMDR remedy that he’s accomplished. It was actually necessary for that second of Harley, getting a larger understanding of younger Bruce and getting a very intimate image of his damaged psyche, for her to make use of these strategies. That actually spoke to me. I’m going to remedy, lots of the writers on the present do, and I feel everyone ought to do it. If this present can, in any method, normalize that for individuals who is perhaps timid about doing it for themselves? Nice.

I’ve mentioned earlier than that, 95% of the time Harley is this sort of impetuous illustration of everybody’s inside id and we like to gravitate towards that bombastic aspect of her. However yeah, each now and again, we have now to remind the viewers of the multifaceted character that she is. Any time that we will organically usher in her psychology background, we try to do it. This one felt prefer it had a very enormous influence on her character arc transferring ahead.

Sarah Peters: Season 4, typically, we’re gonna see Harley and Ivy. We’re going to construct out their particular person worlds slightly bit extra, and I feel, like, present alternatives to see totally different sides of Harley. I at all times love after we play Harley as sensible despite the fact that she’s very chaotic. I like seeing these totally different sides of her and Ivy too, along with her science background. It’s at all times enjoyable to play with characters being good at stuff as a result of for us, Gordon is a dummy. We had Kiteman for thus lengthy filling up that house. It’s thrilling for me to have the problem of displaying our two feminine leads being sensible, but additionally humorous.

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Within the finale, Lex Luthor can’t convey himself to say the phrase “Jazzapajizza.” Was {that a} carryover from the writers room? Did some individuals simply draw the road and say, “I simply can’t. That’s too far.”

Justin Halpern: We had so many alternative names for that. Initially we need to name it JazzFest, however there’s, clearly I assume, an actual Jazz Fest someplace.

SP: The funniest jokes often come from a authorized notice.

PS: Often we’re cursing authorized. However then by the top of it, we’re praising them.

JH: Additionally I feel in that second, none of us may think about Giancarlo Esposito saying that phrase. So a part of it was that perhaps he shouldn’t say it if we will’t think about him.

Once we observe King Shark into his kingdom, they’re in a church and there’s a shark crucifix. Once you embody one thing like that, do you consider what a shark faith is? Or is that only a rabbit gap you’ll be able to’t let your self go down?

PS: Within the first season, King Shark says, “Everybody is aware of that Jesus was a shark.” So I feel I’m gonna go together with Christianity. I used to be raised Catholic, so I didn’t need to think about a lot of that.

JH: A number of the executives obtained slightly nervous. We obtained three or 4 totally different emails of them being like, “Are you certain we should always depict Shark Jesus? Are you certain you guys need to try this?” We had been like, “Sure, we need to see Shark Jesus.” They’re like, “Nicely, he could be nailed to a cross.” We’re like, “Sure, that’s Shark Jesus. We need to see it.”

PS: He died for our shark sins.

Joker seems to have some oddly progressive coverage concepts as a mayor. How did you discuss having him be the vector for that?

JH: When you return and watch any Joker-related content material, a number of his gripes, for those who take them out of his mouth and put it within the mouth of one other particular person, is perhaps legitimate. We had been enjoying with the concept that it’s at all times “Batman is the hero and Joker is the villain.” In our world, we checked out Batman extra as a billionaire and the Joker extra as somebody who, now that he has a household, is seeing the systemic issues which can be plaguing his middle-class household. We used these as launching factors.

And that makes a superb complement to the place Harley is the top of the season. Was there a second both within the finale, or the episodes main up that you just noticed as key to creating that last alternative appear according to every part that got here earlier than it?

PS: When Harley’s within Bruce’s thoughts, I feel that does a number of the heavy lifting. That was what we had been aiming for. As soon as she has essentially the most intimate information attainable of Batman’s motive for being, that she sees him as a baby and sees the the trauma of getting been the sufferer to a horrible crime, that could be a enormous turning level for Harley. There’s additionally her friendship with Batgirl as nicely, which evolves over the season.

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For you, Sarah, was there something that got here up over the course of Season 3 that you just actually needed to discover a method so as to add to what you’re together with going ahead?

SP: The way in which Season 3 ends, there’s a reasonably clear path. We form of know what’s gonna occur in Season 4. For me, what I’ve at all times actually locked into with the present is that we have now all of the zaniness, and violence and Batman characters. However on the core, like we’re actually making an attempt to inform the reality about relationships and never simply Harley and Ivy’s relationship. A number of comedy comes from that irony of individuals having grounded attitudes in high-stakes conditions or vice versa. For the subsequent season, as we see Harley and Ivy dealing extra with this good/evil binary as form of a backdrop, we will discover what meaning for his or her relationship with out having their relationship story being on the forefront. We’ve accomplished a lot work on that in Season 3, so it felt actually set as much as increase issues out.

Is there one joke from this season that you just’re particularly proud that it made the ultimate model?

PS: In Episode 308, there’s a debate happening amongst Ivy and Harley, Physician Psycho and Clayface about what the distinction is between Joe Chill, Joe Cool, and Joe Camel. It’s the dumbest dialog attainable that they may very well be having, which is then interrupted by the gunshots that take the lives of Thomas and Martha Wayne. That was, for me, type of the head of comedy on this season. It’s so dumb, however I like it.

JH: Within the “Joker working for mayor” episode, when Gordon finds out that Two-Face has double crossed, Two-Face says that they’re in too deep and he begins by chance quoting a Sum 41 tune after which he says he was listening to it within the automobile on the best way over. I often don’t love reference jokes for simply being reference jokes, however when Conner [Shin] wrote that in, we began speaking about Two-Face most likely being about 41, 42 years previous. And so he most likely did develop up listening to Sum 41 earlier than he grew to become a district legal professional. It’s one of many dumbest jokes in our whole season and I simply like it.

SP: This isn’t Season 3-specific however it’s obtained to be the Cobb Squad. Seeing this dumb joke that now we’ve known as again many occasions that’s simply based mostly on Poison Ivy’s being so insecure round Catwoman that she would eat a meat salad. She has this tattoo on her physique now. That’s DC canon.

JH: And other people have gotten actual Cobb Squad tattoos!

PS: I’ve thought-about it.

SP: It’s simply tremendous humorous to me that we will do one thing that’s completely random but additionally character-driven and that it will possibly spiral and have this lifetime of its personal. I actually needed the spin-off to be a Cobb Squad present, however perhaps I’ll get to write down that film sometime.

PS: David Ayer’s “Cobb Squad” and James Gunn’s “The Cobb Squad.”

SP: Let’s simply say the Cobb Squad film is going on.

“Harley Quinn” Season 3 is now accessible to stream on HBO Max.

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