HBO Max’s “Harley Quinn” spin-off about Kite Man will feature Bane and possibly another DC favorite.
Insider spoke with cocreators Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern about the series, now in production.
Schumacker also teased that David Dastmalchian may reprise his role as Polka-Dot Man on the show.
Season three of “Harley Quinn” finally launched on HBO Max, kicking off with an “Eat, Bang, Kill”-themed honeymoon tour for Harley (Kaley Cuoco) and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell). The two finally admitted their love for one another at the end of last season after Ivy was set to wed Kite Man (Matt Oberg).
If you’re feeling bad for Ivy’s ex, the quirky and lovable Batman villain is also getting some love in his own spin-off, for which production is currently underway.
During a conversation for the new season of “Harley Quinn,” Insider asked series creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker what they could share about the upcoming spin-off centered around Kite Man, currently titled “Noonan’s,” which was announced earlier this year at SXSW.
“The thing that we can say about the spin-off is that Bane will be a series regular. You’re gonna get a lot more Bane,” Schumacker told Insider of the Bat villain voiced by James Adomian on the animated series.
That’s great news because in the eight episodes we’ve screened so far of the new season, Bane shows up in a few brief cameos.
They’re also hoping another beloved Bat villain, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” can make an appearance on the spin-off.
“I have heard secondhand that David Dastmalchian, who played him in ‘The Suicide Squad,’ is a fan of the show and really wants to potentially do Polka-Dot Man,” Patrick Schumacker said when Insider specifically asked about the character who uses his spots as weapons. “Maybe there will end up being room for him on the spin-off or something.”
Halpern added that they’ve tried to use Polka-Dot Man in the past, but it didn’t work out.
The show is still called ‘Noonan’s’ for now, but that could change to something centered around the show’s lead, Kite Man
The series is currently named “Noonan’s,” named after the bar that the villains have frequented on “Harley Quinn,” but it’s a name that may or may not stick.
“It is still called ‘Noonan’s,’ whether or not that ends up being the title when it airs on HBO Max, that’s TBD,” Schumacker said.
“We sort of pitched it as a ‘Cheers’ for supervillains. It’s gonna be heavily set in the bar, but it’s a comic-book show with capes, so naturally, it’s gonna want action and that’s gonna lead to some pretty far-out places,” he added about the show’s concept.
When Insider asked why they don’t simply make the show’s title something instantly recognizable like Kite Man’s infectious catchphrase, “Hell Yeah!,” Schumacker said that was a thought and admitted that the show’s name still may change, teasing that the villain’s catchphrase may wind up playing a fun role on the show.
“There have been some talks about ‘Kite Man: Hell Yeah!’ as the title of the show and then having every episode title be, ‘X, Y, Z… Hell Yeah,'” Schumacker said. “So, it’s a possibility.”
The ‘Kite Man’ spin-off is well underway right now
“Harley Quinn” cocreators Halpern, Schumacker, and Dean Lorey executive produce the 10-episode spin-off along with Cuoco’s Yes, Norman Productions. Lorey and “Saturday Night Live!” writer Katie Rich will serve as showrunners.
While Halpern and Schumacker cowrote the “Noonan’s” pilot along with Lorey, Halpern told Insider he and Schumacker are taking more of a hands-off approach to the “Kite Man” spin-off, overseeing things solely from an executive producer role while allowing others to lead.
“It’s in good hands,” Halpern told Insider, adding, “I think people are gonna be really excited about what they’re working on.”
Patrick Schumacker told Insider that Matt Oberg, who voices Kite Man, has already voiced his first episode of the spin-off.
“The writer’s room is in the middle of things right now,” Schumacker added. “It’s currently being written.”
Schumacker also revealed that Oberg, who voices the Bat villain, recently recorded his first episode of the spin-off.
“It was phenomenal. He’s so funny and we’re really happy to have him,” Schumacker said of Oberg, adding that it’s really something to be making a show about such an obscure Batman character.
“We never thought that we’d be in this position where we’ve got a spin-off period, but that spin-off would be about Kite Man.”
Schumacker recalled Batman and DC author Tom King recently saying that a while back “some drunk guy” came up to him a few years back to tell him he was doing a “Harley Quinn” series with Kite Man.