James Gunn’s Harley Quinn Season 3 Cameo Explained By Showrunner

James Gunn’s Harley Quinn Season 3 Cameo Explained By Showrunner

Showrunner Patrick Schumacker explains how James Gunn’s Harley Quinn season 3 cameo happened, revealing he messaged the director on Twitter.

As he makes his way to the animated world, showrunner Patrick Schumacker explains how James Gunn’s Harley Quinn season 3 cameo came to be. Schumacker developed the show with Justin Halpern and Dean Lorey, with the story focused on the titular villainess as she breaks up with the Joker and forms her own crew to climb the Gotham City criminal hierarchy. Harley Quinn season 3 finds Quinn and Poison Ivy enjoying their newfound romance and returning to Gotham to save their friends, only for their relationship to be tested when Ivy wants to terraform the city, with Harley uncomfortable in the deaths that will ensue.


Kaley Cuoco executive produces and leads the ensemble cast of Harley Quinn alongside Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, Tony Hale, Matt Oberg, James Adomian, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Meloni and Diedrich Bader. Originally premiering on DC Universe when it was first conceived as a streaming service, the animated comedy has scored largely positive reviews from critics and audiences alike for its meta humor, character development, voice cast and mature tone. Throughout its three seasons, Harley Quinn has seen a number of major stars lend their voice to the show, and one of the creatives behind the series is sharing how one cameo came to be.

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In time for the show’s return, Insider caught up with Patrick Schumacker to discuss Harley Quinn season 3. In looking at James Gunn’s cameo in the new season, the showrunner explained that he reached out to The Suicide Squad director on Twitter knowing he was a fan of the show and was surprised how fast Gunn got back to him. See what Schumacker shared below:

“We knew he was a fan of the show. He had sort of just, out of the blue, been tweeting about the show, clips, or just thoughts on it — all very positive. We knew we were going to be doing this storyline that involved a sort of prestige awards-worthy biopic of Thomas Wayne, kind of ‘Aviator’-style. We thought of James because, I think it’s fair to say, he makes big-budget popcorn movies that are not this. But now this is his transition into… Now he’s in his Scorsese period and he’s making something a little bit more serious. I just DM’ed him because we happened to follow each other, never thinking I would get an answer. We don’t really know each other. I’ve never met him in person. What ended up happening was he got back to me almost immediately and was like, “I’m in. Let’s do this. Here’s my rep’s info. Let’s make it happen.'”

James Gunn in Harley Quinn Season 3

As Schumacker notes, Gunn has expressed his love for Harley Quinn in the past on his social media, being one of many to call for WarnerMedia to renew the series for season 3 following DC Universe’s transition to a digital comics subscription service, which briefly left the show’s future in doubt before HBO Max picked it up. The announcement that Gunn would be playing a version of himself in Harley Quinn season 3 had many excited at the prospects of The Suicide Squad appearing, namely when it was revealed he would be directing a Thomas Wayne biopic within the show. Audiences would get their first proper glimpse of Gunn’s cameo in a Harley Quinn season 3 trailer, which showed him on set of the fictional biopic and his bizarre interactions with Clayface.

Gunn’s cameo isn’t the only major name to lend their voice to Harley Quinn season 3, with Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton also appearing as himself in the new season and What We Do in the Shadows star Harvey Guillén joining the cast as Nightwing. In addition to its major cameos, anticipation has been high for the show’s return to properly explore Harvey and Ivy’s “Eat, Bang, Kill.” Tour and the Batman: The Animated Series tribute episode Schumacker teased months prior to its premiere. Only time will tell what else Schumacker and his creative team have in store as new episodes of Harley Quinn season 3 air on HBO Max on Thursdays.

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Source: Insider

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