‘Harley Quinn’ Is The Most In-Demand DC Streaming Original; Will It Get a Third Season?
With the recent fervor around DC Universe’s Harley Quinn, thanks to the Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy kiss seen around the world, the show is more in demand than ever before. But will that help it get a third season? Right now, another season isn’t guaranteed, but the fans might be able to convince DC to give it more time.
‘Harley Quinn’ is the fourth most in-demand original streaming show right now
The site Media Play News regularly reports on Parrot Analytics’ stats for the most-watched and most in-demand original streaming shows. After Star Wars: The Clone Wars had its series finale, it was the most-watched show for a couple of weeks, beating out Stranger Things. Now, Stranger Things overtook the top two Disney+ shows, The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian. But what’s right behind them? Harley (fricken) Quinn.
Previously it sat at Number 6 on the list, but now it’s in the fourth spot with “40 times the demand” for the show. This is a different measurement than in previous weeks, but the “times more demand” measure is in comparison to the average show in America. It’s based on “average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure demand for TV content.” The change is due to “reflect the relative demand metric in a given week, rather than the objective raw expressions number” from before.
Whichever way you cut it, though, Harley Quinn is dominating this chart. For a DC Universe show, it’s fairing well against studio giants like Disney+, Netflix, and Hulu. It also beat out Titans, another DC Universe original that was ahead before.
The creators of the show aren’t sure they’ll get a third season
This should show the network that there’s a demand for this series. However, right now, Season 3 isn’t guaranteed. The first two seasons — with the second currently airing — were created back-to-back. Writer and producer Justin Halpern told Comicbook.com that the show is in a tricky spot.
“We’re in a position now where DC Universe is trying to figure out what it wants to do with the show,” he shared. “There’s been rumblings about expanding now that Warner Media has several arms. We’re exploring opportunities for other outlets but nothing’s confirmed.”
Comicbook.com guesses that this means there’s been talk of moving Harley Quinn to the new HBO Max that just launched. That’s positive, but the fact that nothing has been decided yet isn’t. He continued and said that the showrunners have a plan for what’s next in Season 3, if they get one.
“But as part of the, ‘Hey, look at us. We’re this little show that’s doing pretty well.’ We have sent a one page… just not even a synopsis but more of a setup for what could be season three,” he explained. “And so, we have thought about it but that’s not to say that it could change entirely once we get a writer’s room going, if we are lucky enough to get a third season pickup. It’s all to be determined.”
‘Harley Quinn’ is such a unique and fun take on the famous antihero’s story
There are so many iterations of Harley Quinn out there, especially with Birds of Prey recently released. So telling the story of a recently broken-hearted Quinn in a fun, unique way was part of the challenge. But DC Universe’s Harley Quinn does such a great job. Kaley Cuoco’s Harley is sweet and funny and vicious when she needs to be.
She’s not bad for the sake of being evil. She just doesn’t shy away from being aggressive. Sure, she’s a “villain,” or tries to be, but she’s also a relatable woman living out her dreams in New Gotham. Or now is it back to being Gotham? Who knows.
Actually, Cinema Blend reported about the time the showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker met with Margot Robbie about the differences between the projects.
“When we were first beginning the show, DC and Geoff Johns had us meet with Margot Robbie, because I think she was interested in what we were doing with our Harley because I think she was genuinely curious and wanted to make sure their movie was different than ours,” they said.
After hearing a particularly raunchy joke from Season 1, Episode 2 that has to do with The Penguin’s son, Robbie was thoroughly convinced the two entities wouldn’t be all that similar. “Margot was like ‘uh yeah yours seems different than ours,’” they said.
With this unique story and fun writing, Harley Quinn deserves a third season. But now it’s just a waiting game to see if it gets one.