The Harley Quinn animated series made a reference to the David Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad.
HBO Max’s original animated series Harley Quinn is an irreverent send up of the DC Universe told through the twisted perspective of its titular antiheroine and her ragtag group of friends that include Poison Ivy, King Shark, and Clayface. The series isn’t afraid to reference certain elements of the live-action DC Extended Universe, and in this case, we got a surprise reference to the David Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad.
In Harley Quinn episode 302 titled, “There’s No Ivy In Team,” there’s a scene involving Batman and Robin together in the Batcave in which we see on the computer a few files. One of those files is simply dubbed, “The Ayer Cut.”
When speaking with CinemaBlend, showrunner Patrick Schumacker discussed the Suicide Squad David Ayer Cut Easter Egg featured in Harley Quinn:
“There’s a scene in the Batcave where on the Batcomputer, we have the sort of traditional desktop with folders, and it’s kind of a blink-and-you-miss-it thing, but if you do pause, there’s some interesting stuff on that setup, Batman might have a copy of the Ayer Cut.”
Harley Quinn continues to reference fan movements.
This isn’t the first time the Harley Quinn animated series referenced fan movements. Besides this reference to the David Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad, the “Release the Snyder Cut” movement was referenced in a previous episode, in which a fan is shown wearing a t-shirt with that statement when having a discussion with a friend who is wearing a t-shirt that reads, “The Last Jedi isn’t canon.”
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming season of Harley Quinn:
The mayhem and madness continue in season three of this biting and uproarious adult animated comedy series. Wrapping up their “Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour,” Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) return to Gotham as the new power couple of DC villainy. Along with their ragtag crew – King Shark (Ron Funches), Clayface (Alan Tudyk), Frank the Plant (JB Smoove) – “Harlivy” strives to become the best version of themselves while also working towards Ivy’s long desired plan of transforming Gotham into an Eden paradise.
The animated HBO Max series features the voice talents of Kaley Cuoco as Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn, Lake Bell as Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy, Diedrich Bader as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Alan Tudyk as Joker, Ron Funches, Wanda Sykes, Natalie Morales, Jim Rash, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Alexander, J. B. Smoove, Tony Hale as Dr. Edgar Cizko / Doctor Psycho, Christopher Meloni as Commissioner James Gordon, Rahul Kohli as Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow, Sanaa Lathan as Catwoman, Alfred Molina as Mr. Freeze, Harvey Guillen as Dick Grayson / Nightwing.
Harley Quinn Season 3 premieres on July 28th. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming season, as well as the future of the David Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.