Everything We Know About 'Harley Quinn' Season 3

The HBO Max series about one of DC Comics wildest supervillains is coming back for even more mischief.

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In the last frames of the second season of Harley Quinn, Harley and Poison Ivy quite literally drive off into the sunset together. It's a gosh darn poetic ending. The two antiheroines have finally confessed their love for one another and are being pursued by the Gotham PD as they Thelma & Louise it into an unknown future. "The End" flashes upon the screen before the animators append a question mark to it. Frankly, it would be a pretty good place for the series to stop, but why should it?

Fans and HBO Max both agreed that the series allowed for plenty more adventures featuring the two off-kilter lovebirds, and thankfully the streamer went ahead and renewed it for another season in September 2020, several months after Season 2 wrapped up. Considering the show has amassed a pretty strong fandom and the delay in getting new episodes, it's safe to say that fans are excited for more. We're breaking down everything we know about the long-awaited Season 2 below. 

Why did it take so long to renew Harley Quinn

Well, Harley Quinn, along with a bunch of other series, was in a weird limbo thanks to shifting priorities at WarnerMedia. Harley Quinn first dropped in November 2019 as an original on DC Universe, the streaming service dedicated just to DC Comics properties. Its second season premiered there in April 2020, before it all was plopped on HBO Max on August 1. Now, DC Universe has since dissolved and HBO Max is the streaming home of Harley Quinn and similar properties. 

So, when will Season 3 of Harley Quinn premiere? 

Harley Quinn will premiere Thursday, July 28! Finally! After a long wait, HBO Max announced the release date exactly one month before new episodes are due. Animation is awesome, but it's a very time consuming process. It takes some time to get all of Harley's punches and cartwheels just right.

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Is there a teaser for Harley Quinn Season 3? 

Yes! A tiny look at the new season arrived during DC Fandome in October 2021 which at the time showed, uh, just how unfinished Season 3 is. Yup, all the footage was in animatic form. Still, it's something for fans to check out in the meantime.

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What about a full trailer with completed animation for Harley Quinn Season 3? 

Here you go! HBO Max dropped the trailer when it announced the Season 3 premiere date in June. In the clip, Harley and Ivy are on an "eat, bang, kill tour," there's a cameo of The Suicide Squad filmmaker James Gunn, and Batman cannot get Catwoman off. 

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How about an even spicier Harley Quinn trailer? 

What about a red band trailer Thrillist exclusively debuted? Harley wouldn't censor herself so why not check out the clip full of cursing and chaos? 

What will happen in the third season of Harley Quinn?

A third season necessitates hitting the reset button, at least a little bit. But isn't it worth it to figure out how Harley and Ivy's romance turns out? These are both complicated women, one who over-commits to her partners and the other who shies away from commitment. It's not going to be easy despite the "eat, bang, kill" tour.

In an interview with Deadline, executive producer Justin Halpern explained that the question driving the third season will likely be, "When you’ve mostly been in toxic and bad relationships your whole life, how do you then be in a good one? How does the baggage that you bring from all these other relationships affect the relationship you’re in that you really want to work?" He also teased digging deeper into Ivy's psyche as the show goes forward. Plus, there's the whole issue of all the people who want our lovebirds dead. Speaking on a podcast, Halpern mentioned that one of the DC Comics villains that will be popping up is The Mad Hatter.

Has the third season stirred up any controversy?

Glad you asked. Interest in Season 3 piqued when Halpern told Variety that DC requested he and executive producer Patrick Schumacker pull a scene in which Batman (voiced by Diedrich Bader) goes down on Catwoman (Sanaa Lathan) because apparently that's not a heroic thing to do. The reveal came in the context of Halpern explaining that DC was more permissible when it came to their villains than their heroes.

"A perfect example of that is in this third season of Harley [when] we had a moment where Batman was going down on Catwoman," he said. "And DC was like, 'You can't do that. You absolutely cannot do that.' They’re like, 'Heroes don’t do that.' So, we said, 'Are you saying heroes are just selfish lovers?' They were like, 'No, it’s that we sell consumer toys for heroes. It’s hard to sell a toy if Batman is also going down on someone.'" Fans jumped on Twitter to insist that a man giving a woman oral pleasure was definitely a heroic thing to do, and based on the trailer it seems like that moment definitely made the final cut. 

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Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.