After ending 2019 with what might be one of the biggest hits from their comic book adaptations yet, DC will be continuing to make waves in 2020 with Birds of Prey. Officially titled Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, the film has Margot Robbie reprising her role from Suicide Squad and introduces many new characters.
So what happened to the rest of the Suicide Squad characters? As Birds of Prey follows Harley Quinn after her break-up with Joker, it’s not going to have a lot to do with him. There might be a cameo but Jared Leto‘s involvement remains unconfirmed. No other Suicide Squad characters are appearing but they don’t seem to have been recast either. Many of the actors including Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang seem to be returning for James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad in 2021. Birds of Prey will be picking up after the 2016 film and Gunn’s film will likely continue the story.
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Birds of Prey will have Harley joining forces with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be playing Huntress who becomes a vigilante after her father Franco Bertinelli is murdered. Black Canary, whose power includes a sonic scream, is played by Jurnee Smollett Bell. Rosie Perez will be playing Renee who in the comics is an alcoholic cop. Cassandra Cain – the young girl who is being threatened – is going to be played by Ella Jay Basco.
The film’s bad guys are also quite formidable. Black Mask played by Ewan McGregor is a fearsome crime lord who wears an iconic mask. Victor Zsasz played by Chris Messina is a deranged serial killer who keeps track of the number of people he’s killed by carving a tally into his skin.
The first official Birds of Prey trailer was released recently which gave us a closer look at the characters and what the film will look like. It’s bright, colorful, and has a lot of action. The trailer is focused on Harley and her relationship with other characters, especially the villain. We don’t quite get to see all the characters in action or their powers and Black Mask’s mask hasn’t been shown yet, but we’re sure to get a few more details of the film in the coming months before its release.
Margot Robbie, who is also a producer on the film, has confirmed that the film will be rated R, making it the second recent DC film after Joker to be catered to adults. As Marvel continues with its largely family-friendly films, DC seems to be finally carving a niche for adult audiences who don’t mind seeing the extremes that comic book heroes and villains can go.
Birds of Prey will also be the first-ever team of female comic book heroes. The film is female-led behind the camera too, as it’s directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson.
This film is scheduled to release in February 2020. Click ‘Interested’ below to stay tuned for the latest updates on the film.