Harley Quinn Showrunners Reveals Thanos Joke Cut from Season 3

Marvel was nearly acknowledged in the upcoming season of Harley Quinn. Set to debut on HBO Max on July 28, the new season has been in anticipation for a long time. The show previously debuted its first two seasons on DC Universe before making the move over to HBO Max where season 3 was developed. Season 2 wrapped in 2022 and the wait for new episodes has now surpassed two years.

The good news is that the new episodes are almost here. Taking part in a Q&A session with fans to help promote season 3 (via The Direct), showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker revealed how they originally had planned to include some Marvel jokes in the third season, though they didn’t end up making the cut. They specifically reveal the Thanos reference that the wanted to include while explaining that it was ultimately nixed so as not to break the fourth wall too much.


“We even had some Marvel jokes in there, which we ended up not being able to include in the show… I think we ended up just like saying, ‘Eh, it kind of breaks the world of the show.’ But we had a joke… [with] Thanos and then Clayface was like, ‘Who’s Thanos?’ But it just felt like it was maybe breaking the world of the show. But who knows, maybe we’ll get some bonus content out there at some point.”

Harley Quinn Season 3 Includes a James Gunn Appearance


Oddly enough, filmmaker James Gunn appears as himself in Harley Quinn season 3; Gunn directed the live-action version of Harley played by Margot Robbie in last year’s The Suicide Squad. In Harley Quinn, it will be explained that he’s making a movie about Thomas Wayne with actor Billy Bob Thornton. Schumacker explained how Gunn got to be involved and said how much of a good sport the director was about poking fun at himself.

“Yeah, that was pretty wild… We needed a heavy hitter director character in Season 3… Clayface auditions for a Thomas Wayne biopic that James Gunn is directing called, ‘A Hard Wayne’s Gonna Fall,’ starring Billy Bob Thornton, who also voices himself in the title role… I knew he was a fan of the show and had posted a bit about it on Twitter… We followed each other and we had never really spoken but I DM’d him out of the blue and I was like, ‘Hey, shot in the dark but…’ And within 15 minutes, he had responded that he’s definitely interested… [and] a month later we were recording it. And it was very cool and he was such a good sport about just making fun of past work, making fun of just everything in the zeitgeist in the DCEU and whatnot.”

Harley Quinn will debut its third season on July 28, 2022, on HBO Max. The first two seasons are currently streaming on the platform.