Although Gotham is set before Bruce Wayne officially becomes Batman, the FOX series has already featured appearances by a number of the Caped Crusader’s most popular villains. Since Gotham executive producers teased a potential appearance by Harley Quinn in the third season finale – which ultimately never occurred – fans have been wondering if the popular DC villain would ever be featured on the show. During an interview with Comic Book Resources, showrunner John Stephens confirmed that Harley Quinn will never make an appearance on Gotham.
Stephens definitively closed the door an a future appearance by Harley Quinn while discussing the upcoming fourth season:
“It’s not going to happen. Let’s put it out there. The discussions we’ve been having is – Look, we know Harley Quinn is never going to be on our show.”
Stephens added that Erin Richards’ Barbara Kean will continue to embody certain qualities attributed to Harley Quinn:
“[T]here are elements of that Harley Quinn personality that we have liked, that sense of fun and anarchy, that we said, ‘Well, we can actually have those qualities embodied in Barbara without actually having to do Harley herself. I think Erin Richards carried it off really well.”
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Gotham’s origin story continues to unfold, and as the show enters its fourth season, the stakes will be higher than ever! With the Court of Owls decimated, the aftermath of the Tetch virus crippling the city, and every (surviving) villain in Gotham’s underworld jockeying for power, Jim Gordon and the GCPD will have their hands full. And that’s just the beginning! What threat does Ra’s al Ghul pose, and will Penguin regain his title as the King of Gotham? What new villains are in store for season four, and what does Bruce Wayne’s season finale reveal mean for Gotham City — and his ultimate destiny?
Gotham season 4 premieres on Thursday, September 21 at 8/7c on FOX.