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New Escapist Column! On Harley Quinn and Brand Conscious Self-Awareness…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine this evening. I don’t really have anything major to tie this one to, aside from the fact that I’ve been watching some television.

The DC Universe cartoon Harley Quinn is a fascinating piece of television. It’s immediately recognisable as belonging to a certain kind of adult-focused animation, shows like Rick and Morty or The Venture Bros. However, it’s rare to see this approach taken with an established brand, let alone an established brand tied to a blockbuster shared universe. After all, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law was hardly working with a smashing success and Deadpool didn’t emerge in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As such, it’s interesting to see a television show in which Diedrich Bader can reprise his role as the Caped Crusader from The Brave & The Bold, which also includes fans wearing “Release the Snyder Cut” t-shirts. You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

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