Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey.”

In Margot Robbie’s first R-rated turn as Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey,” she does knee cracking and bat bashing, in addition to defending the sanctity of a Brooklyn-style breakfast sandwich. So it’s easy to forget that she made her debut on a PG-rated kids show, “Batman: The Animated Series,” in the 1990s.

Three years after the PG-13 “Suicide Squad,” and in the lead-up to “Birds of Prey,” the DC Universe streaming service released a “Harley Quinn” animated series (featuring the voice of Kaley Cuoco) that is so good, so over-the-top and so raunchy, and that nails the character’s essence in an R-rated, profanity-filled format so well, fans had to start asking themselves: Can “Birds of Prey” bring it this hard?

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