This is honestly one of the more depressing bits of news I’ve had to write up over the last few months. Arleen Sorkin, the voice that’s become synonymous with one of the comic world’s best characters, will not be doing the voice work of Harley Quinn in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City.
Stepping up for the role of Harley Quinn is voice acting talent Tara Strong. While Strong is a great, veteran candidate, it’s hard for anyone to take over the character of Harley Quinn. Joystiq indicated that Strong recognizes this and will be working to “honor” Sorkin’s talent, not replace it. And that’s something we can absolutely appreciate.
I had a conversation briefly about this news with Herd driver Sean Aune. This news is both strange and downright shocking. Thinking back on Harley Quinn, we both agreed that her voice is undeniably the one delivered by Arleen Sorkin. Ever since Sorkin first spoke in the original run of the Batman animated series of the early 90s we’ve only ever read Harley Quinn in comics with that voice. It’s all we hear, and it’s what we know.
Still, Arkham City will feature both Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil as Batman and the Joker. Those two have been helming their characters masterfully since the animated series of the 90s. If they were to ever dismount from this project, I can honestly say that a lot of the appeal to Rocksteady‘s work would vanish. That says a lot about the characters and their presence in the stories at hand.
Batman: Arkham City is the follow-up to the highly successful Arkham Asylum, arguably one of the best comic book licsenced games ever made. The title is due out this year on October 18th. We’ll have more news on it as Rocksteady and Warner Bros. dish it out.
As a note, the clip above features Arleen Sorkin’s portayal of Harley Quinn in Arkham Asylum.