Explicit Batman spinoff is just the latest HBO Max series to sexualize classic cartoon characters

After continuing to roll out episodes of the critically panned, awakened, and sexually uninhibited “Scooby-Doo” spin-off, “Velma,” HBO just unveiled its latest irreverent and sexed up take on the DC Comics Batman universe, the ” Harley Quinn”. Valentine’s Day special.

The trailer for the new HBO Max Original, “Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special,” was released Monday and previewed a very mature take on the romantic holiday and its beloved Batman characters.

In one instance, the trailer implied an intense lesbian sex scene between titular character and Joker’s usual flame Harley Quinn and classic Gotham City villain Poison Ivy.


The new HBO Max "Harley Quinn special features graphic sexual scenes between female Batman villains.

New HBO Max “Harley Quinn Special Features Graphic Sex Scenes Between Female Batman Villains. (Screenshot/YouTube)

In addition to alluding to graphic scenes between the two female characters, the trailer also showed footage of violent BDSM scenes and previewed a storyline where Quinn’s latest antics apparently turn the town into one giant orgy.

The trailer is also littered with NSFW adult humor.

In a description of the special, AnimationWorldNetwork.com gave only vague allusions to its content. The outlet stated, “The lovable duo celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together, while also revealing how the rest of the ragtag crew is spending the hottest, most romantic, pastel pink and extremely erotic holiday! The mayhem and madness hit the streamer on Feb. 9 .”

The story was further described, adding, “In the special, Harley goes to great lengths to ensure her first Valentine’s Day with Ivy is the best ever, while Bane’s attempts to impress an unexpected date go horribly wrong.”

Anticipating the graphic nature, the description concluded, “Meanwhile, after an unfortunate online dating encounter, Clayface engages in some self-love.”

The trailer revealed that Quinn’s obsessive lengths involve a graphic love scene with Poison Ivy, who spreads a chemical concoction throughout Gotham City and forces the residents to have sex with each other.

Dealing with a huge citywide orgy seems to be one of the central plot points of the upcoming special.


In the HBO Max "Harley Quinn" Especially for Valentine's Day, Batman nemesis Bane takes part in a BDSM encounter.

In HBO Max’s Valentine’s Day special “Harley Quinn”, Batman nemesis Bane participates in a BDSM encounter. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Bane’s efforts apparently result in him scheduling an abusive BDSM session, and it seems the point of the description about Clayface’s “self-love” is somewhat self-explanatory.

Of course, HBO is open about the special – based on the HBO Max Original “Harley Quinn” series – that the program is for adults. Though it follows a trend from the network shoehorning mature, raunchy, and forward-thinking content into yet another much-loved kid product.

HBO’s latest series “Velma,” an adult take on the “Scooby-Doo” Mystery Gang, has been blasted by critics for its “awake” and sexual themes. Executive produced by ‘The Office’ actress Mindy Kaling, the animated series is currently the third lowest rated TV show in IMDB history.


Questionable moments from the final episode involved some cringe-inducing sexual jokes about underage teens and young children. The series has generally switched several main characters by race, treated Fred as a toxic man born of white privilege, and features Daphne and Velma having lesbian encounters.

The classic 'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'  was co-created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.

The classic ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!’ was co-created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. (Hanna-Barbera Productions)

Gabriel Hays is an associate editor for Fox News Digital.

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