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The Joker's main squeeze isn't just getting a visual makeover for Rocksteady's anticipated sequel, Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn will also have a new voice. Keep reading to find out who's taking over the role.
A new Q&A at the official Arkham City community forums reveals that Harley Quinn will now be voiced by Tara Strong, an accomplished voice actress who has considerable experience with the IP, voicing The Huntress in Batman: Brave And The Bold, as well as Batgirl in a variety of games and animated series.
While we don't question Strong's vocal chops, she will be replacing Arleen Sorkin, who supplied the voice for Harley Quinn not only in Arkam Asylum, but also in Batman: The Animated Series, which is where the character was first introduced. As the original voice for Harley Quinn, Sorkin had as much of a hand in establishing the character as the writers did. Luckily, Strong is taking the role seriously. "Stepping into the role of Harley Quinn is an enormous honor that I do not take lightly," Strong says in the Q&A. "She has an established voice and character that I definitely wanted to honor."
Strong sounds like she has a good direction for the character in Arkham City as well: "Harley Quinn is classically protective of The Joker, fiercely so. She has a unique mix of psychopath and vulnerable girl sweetness. She is crafty and sharp. I see her as a force to be reckoned with."
We've contacted Warner Bros. regarding the reason for the change, and will update the story if/when we hear back from them. Batman: Arkham City will come out on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 18.
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why the RITO!? i mean the change?
I won't disregard Ms. Strong's ability to take on the role of Harley; I've heard and been impressed by her vocal acting in her past roles and I think she'll do a great job. However, why is Ms. Sorkin not reprising the role she made famous? GI, We, the fans would like to know; keep us posted.
I'm glad they could finally confirm this, as it obviously wasn't Arleen based on the voice from the trailer.
I wonder why Arleen Sorkin isn't doing it.
I trust Tara Strong, she has a certain tone to her voice that will be distinct from the original of Ms. Sorkin. Here's hoping she doesn't just do a retread or change it into a radically different voice for the character. It's gonna be a tight line for her to walk, but I'll give her the benefit of the doubt for now.
shouldve just stuck with Sorkin. If it ain't broke.....
I love Tara! XD But she has big boots to fill lol
I wonder why the change? Unsure what to think of it. If the dialogue is witty and well written and she takes it seriously, she might pull it off just fine.
Wasnt she also Seth on Lost Odyssey? Great job there, definitely.
That's a shame, I always loved the voice to Harley Quinn, always made that character a stand out.
I'm both disappointed that the original Harley Quinn isn't there, and optimistic about how Strong will handle it. She's a very capable voice actress.