Birds of Prey's prospects are looking good. Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is the next DC Films release coming from Warner Bros. Picture. A report published by Variety claims that recent reshoots of the film "dramatically improved test screening results and the studio is confident Birds of Prey will be a hit when it opens in February." The report also suggests that Birds of Prey will have an R rating rated-R film when it opens in theaters, though it won't have the same "pitch-black, grim" tone as Joker. According to insiders, Birds of Prey is going for more of a "humorous, spirited, girl gang adventure" vibe.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie, reprising her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. The movie also introduces Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, the founding members of the girl gang-like vigilante team called the Birds of Prey. Rosie Perez also stars as Gotham City Detective Renee Montoya. Ewan MacGregor and Chris Messina play the villains Black Mask and Victor Zsasz, respectively. Cathy Han is directing the film. Christina Hodson wrote the script.
Hodson has previously explained the appeal of these characters. "I just fell in love with Harley," Hodson said of the character. "She makes me laugh, but she also makes me cry...She's got such emotional depth that is completely contrasted by this light, superficial, fun exterior. Even in the comics when she is at her best, she's doing something bad — and when she's at her worst she's doing something good. And that makes her so interesting and so much more real because that's what people are like in real life. Very few people are just purely heroic or purely villainous, and she is this wonderful balance of everything.
"This, I can say: [Robbie] is an amazing producer. She's so dedicated, cares so much, she is in it and works so hard — looks through every choice, reads through every draft, and has super-smart notes. I am all about finding good people you believe in as human beings as well as being good creative partners and producers, because it's an investment — writing these movies takes it out of you. I'm also just excited that [director Cathy Yan] is a woman and she's Asian. That's a big deal."
Are you excited about the Birds of Prey movie? Let us know in the comments! Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) opens in theaters on February 7, 2020. Other upcoming DC Extended Universe movies include Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, The Batman on June 25, 2021, and The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021.