Voice over actress Arleen Sorkin will not be voicing Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City, which the actress had done since the character was conceived in Batman: The Animated Series. She will be replaced by veteran actress Tara Strong, who voiced The Huntress in Batman: Brave And The Bold.
Her hiring was announced in a Q&A on the Batman community forums.
When asked how different Harley was from The Huntress, Strong obliquely paid homage to Sorkin:
“Stepping into the role of Harley Quinn is an enormous honor that I do not take lightly. She has an established voice and character that I definitely wanted to honor. Huntress is a completely different character that I helped create vocally from scratch.”
Strong also commented on the character’s role with The Joker.
“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.”
Batman: Arkham City is due to be released on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 18, 2011.
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