One popular adage of superhero media fans is that while Marvel has been doing great films, DC has them beat in TV series. Before the advent of MCU series on Disney+ this year, that was technically true. Aside from the “Arrow-verse” on The CW, DC Entertainment has experimented with more daring content like the adult animated series “Harley Quinn,” about the “Batman” villainess-turned-antihero. It streamed two seasons on DC Universe in 2020, and has a third season coming soon on HBO Max. Part of the show’s strong audience appeal lies in its voice cast and character design. And now a “Harley Quinn” storyboard artist has been approached by Marvel Studios.
Comic Book Resources tells us that Marvel Studios has tapped Liza Singer, storyboard artist for WB Animation’s “Harley Quinn,” to serve as director for a new upcoming project that they have yet to reveal. Singer shared the news on her official Twitter page this past Tuesday, September 28. While she declined to give any details on what the studio that produces the MCU movie-series franchise is up to, she does note that she has been grouped with a special creative team and that she is excited to get to work.
Singer has been around in recent projects for a variety of animation studios. She worked with “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening on the satirical fantasy animated series “Disenchantment,” which started streaming on Netflix in 2018. There have also been stints in Titmouse (“Star Trek: Lower Decks” and “Animaniacs”) and Warner Bros. Animation, for which she storyboarded the “Harley Quinn” series since development began in 2017. The show, which stars Kaley Cuoco voicing Harley, has been nominated and even won some awards in the field of animation, and is credited with helping make even more popular Harley’s relationship with Batman foe Poison Ivy as an iconic LGBT pairing for DC Comics media.
With regards to what Liza Singer’s directing job with Marvel Studios is going to be, all that is officially known is that it is a new project, and animated due to her portfolio. There is however speculation that Singer may instead be directing an episode or two for the second season of “What If…?” the MCU’s animated anthology depicting alternate timelines from the Marvel Studios movies and streaming series. The first season is already two episodes way from completion on Disney+ streaming. Then again, Marvel Studios is reportedly adding a larger animation facility, so perhaps a new project holds true.
Meanwhile, “Harley Quinn” is available for streaming on HBO Max following its migration from DC Universe. Its third season is expected to premiere late 2021.
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