Margot Robbie stars as Harley Quinn in the upcoming superhero movie ‘Birds of Prey’. Here's everything we know so far.
In early February, Warner Bros. surprised the DC comic geeks and marks from around the world with a bit-sized teaser video of its upcoming film Birds of Prey showcasing the film’s costume tests. This teaser showed fans a glimpse of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and a couple of other DC Comics characters. But since it was a screen test, nothing is a lock at this point.
Despite the film being in production for a number of months and is expected to wrap the filming process in Mid-April 2019, details about the film largely remain in the clouds. But as far as the cast, the release date, the production details, and director are concerned, we’ve got that covered right here in this post.
Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to drop Birds of Prey in the United States February 7, 2020, in IMAX 3D, Dolby Cinema and RealD 3D.
Directing Birds of Prey will be Cathy Yan, who previously was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. She is known largely to the Asian audience as being the director for her debut film 'Dead Pigs' and is the first Asian woman to direct a superhero movie.
According to Yan herself, she was said to have been immediately drawn to the film upon being assigned by Warner Bros. Pictures to direct it.
Yan said this during an appearance in a panel last year:
“I fell in love with the script right there and then because it seemed like something that I could do and felt like my own voice as well. When I picked the script up, I had no inkling of putting it down there was a lot of dark humor to it, which is what most of my work is about and because it had themes of women empowerment that were strong and relatable."
As of now, the film is tentatively titled as Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). It’s quite the handful and it adds a pretty interesting ring to it as well.
The title of the film was revealed by lead actress Margot Robbie herself when she shared a photo of the film’s script via her Instagram account.
During her appearance at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Robbie said that the title is “real” and that even though it might sound very serious, the film isn’t really very serious.
Robbie goes on to say, “I love long titles, which is what I said when we were trying to come up with a title for the movie where I said 'Did you ever see The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?' It’s a long title, but I love it.”
Interestingly, the film’s screenwriter Christina Hodson was the one who drafted the title, but she wasn’t actually expecting it to be used.
Last year, Hodson stated “It was an unofficial title when I was writing the script. I added it about a year or something ago and it was simply a gag. I never thought we were really going to use it. We were always talking about using working titles and it seemed like such a cheeky thing for me to do on the front cover. And after we went brainstorming, we kept going back to that gag title.”
Margot Robbie is roped in as Harley Quinn (probably for the foreseeable future as we know it) as part of the superhero team known as Birds of Prey.
Joining Robbie are actresses Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) who is portraying Helena Bertinelli/Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground, True Blood) who will be playing DC favorite Dinah Lance/Black Canary.
Huntress is a "former mafia princess" who becomes a vigilante after witnessing her family get killed at a young age. Black Canary is a street fighter with a superpower known as the "Canary Cry."
Next is Rosie Perez (White Men Can't Jump, Fearless) who plays Renee Montoya, a detective who works for the Gotham City PD. In the comics, she assumes the second incarnation of The Question, but it’s not clear if this part of her character will unfold in the film.
Next is Ella Jay Basco (Veep, Teachers) who will be playing as Cassandra that is the becomes the object of protection for the Birds. Cassandra is the daughter of Lady Shiva and David Cain, who was from birth, raised to be a silent (given that she’s a mute) assassin.
On the villain circle, two fan-favorite baddies will be Black Mask and Victor Zsasz.
Ewan McGregor (Fargo, Star Wars) will portray one of Gotham’s most renowned crime bosses, Roman Sionis/Black Mask.
Chris Messina (The Mindy Project, Sharp Objects) is on board to play a deranged and sociopathic serial killer, Victor Zsasz.
Not much is known about the plot of the film seeing as how it’s still in production until the middle of April. But given the details that were leaked last October, there is some hint of what we can expect from the story.
Some of the earliest plot rumors that were leaked reported that the movie will start with Harley finally distancing herself from the Joker (Jared Leto). And although that has yet to be officially stated, there have been strong indications that back up that thought, including the Fantabulous Emancipation subtitle, as well as photos showing Harley crossing out her Joker-esque tattoos and that a Joker-Harley spinoff is in the fridge for now.
In the movie, Harley is expected to team up with a band of DC female superheroes as they rush over to rescue a young girl from an evil crime boss, which we can pretty much tell that it’s Black Mask for sure.
Are you excited to see Birds Of Prey in 2020?