Harley Quinn series made to change Aquaman portrayal by DC

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DC's animated series Harley Quinn was forced to change its depiction of Aquaman during the development stage.

The King of Atlantis – played by Jason Momoa – in the Worlds of DC, was apparently re-conceived for the new show, but studio heads weren't pleased with the vision and asked writers to start from scratch.

Speaking to Metro, showrunner Justin Halpern revealed all.

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"We kept in almost everything," he said of Harley Quinn's original material. "The only thing we took out – that we were asked to take out by DC – was we had a take on Aquaman that I think was in a direction I don't think they wanted Aquaman to go down.

"[In the film] Jason Momoa is kind of a bro type, like fraternity type and so we dialled that up to like one thousand, and I think it made the character too ridiculous – even for them.

"So then we put a new take on the character."

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Halpern also weighed in on why Margot Robbie didn't revisit her character in animated form, explaining: "Margot was never going to be able to do it because she was doing the Birds Of Prey film and a million other things.

"We talked with Margot a couple times but only in so much as, 'Here's what we're doing, I don't know what you guys are doing'. I think they wanted to make sure there wasn't too much overlap between this show and the movie."

Harley Quinn is now available on streaming service DC Universe.

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