Back in May, Margot Robbie starring as Harley Quinn revealed that she has a certain vision for her upcoming “girl gang film,” “Birds of Prey,” as an R-rated feature. Now, the director Cathy Yan has confirmed the film will, indeed, be aiming to pitch an R rating.
During a recent appearance at the US-China Entertainment Summit, Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan briefly spoke about her upcoming DC film, not only teasing the theme of all-female empowerment, but also the film’s mature rating. Yan, who is set to be the first female Asian director ever to helm a superhero movie, and the third female filmmaker to join the DC after Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins. Yan won’t begin filming until 2019, however, she’s already well into the pre-production process and has claimed to fans that she has done her homework.
Explaining how she went on to land the gig, Yan said that she spent the time to thoroughly do her research before coming to meet with Warner Bros. regarding the project. “I did my homework,” she said. “Well, I won’t say it’s easy, but it’s relatively painless and straightforward. I immediately love the script, and it feels like something I can really do, and it felt very much like my own voice.”
That script was written by Christina Hodson, who wrote the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and was also brought on to pen Batgirl for the studio. According to Yan, it was also a highlight in her process of preparing to do the project potentially.
As previously reported by Deadline, Yan confirmed onstage that Birds of Prey would be rated R. Though she couldn’t reveal too much concerning the project, Yan did confirm that the script featured plenty of dark humor, which perhaps explains the reasons for the R-rating.
Of course, Birds of Prey’s R rating should not come entirely as a surprise. After all, Margot Robbie, who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn, confirmed that the film she had pitched to Warner Bros. and DC had always been envisioned an R-rated feature.
“I got the idea of an R-rated girl gang film that includes Harley because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Robbie said a few months ago. “Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with people; that should be a girl gang. I didn’t see enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that’s always a big part of it.”
However, things could change throughout production. And the film could end up earning a different rating once the MPAA officially has its say. For the time being, Birds of Prey is targeting to be an R-rated female empowerment flick.
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn teaming up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez); together against DC Comics villain Black Mask. The film’s release is scheduled for Feb 7, 2020.
First Trailer for Birds of Prey Officially Released
The Birds of Prey have officially landed.
Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), the latest live-action entry into the DC Extended Universe. Check out the full trailer above.
The Birds of Prey trailer previews a fun female-led adventure set within the world of the DCEU. It also appears the movie will largely focus on Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie), who has a new lease on life after her break up with The Joker (Jared Leto). Directed by Cathy Yan with a script from Christina Hodson, though Birds of Prey is not a Suicide Squad sequel, the film will continue Harley Quinn’s storyline and bring more heroes to the DCEU on the big screen. In this process, Birds of Prey introduces audiences to the movie’s wide array of beloved DC Comics characters. They are Black Canary (Jurneee Smollett-Bell), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).
In the upcoming DC Comics film, Birds of Prey will follow an unlikely team-up between the gang, as they work together to rescue Cassandra Cain from one of Gotham’s most vicious crime lords, Roman Sionis/Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). The movie’s cast also has Ali Wong, Charlene Amoia, and Chris Messina as Batman supervillain Victor Zsasz.
It looks like Birds of Prey fans have been eagerly waiting for the trailer for quite some time, after a brief costume test teaser unveiled the film’s cast back in January. Also last month, a teaser trailer was revealed exclusively in theaters, coinciding with the screenings of IT: Chapter Two. Following the Birds of Prey poster debut, now that the official trailer is finally here, fans will get to see the one-of-a-kind wild ride that the movie has in store – unlike any DC film thus far.
“You can expect something fun and a bit wild and totally unique,” the Huntress actress, Winstead, recently said in an interview. “Every day, we were there doing something that just felt really weird and funny, and unlike anything else, I have seen before in this genre. It was incredibly exciting to get to do that. We really got to work. We just played, and we had fun.”
So, what do you think of the first trailer for Birds of Prey? Share with us in the comments below.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) heads toward its release date on February 7, 2020. And now the promotional campaign kicks into high gear with the trailer.
“Birds of Prey:” First Official Poster Released
The latest look at Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has officially arrived today. And it’s safe to say that it is doing so in style. Released by Warner Bros., the upcoming DC film now takes wings in its fabulous first teaser poster!
After a short Birds of Prey movie teaser #2 previously screened in theaters with IT Chapter Two, this brand-new poster also reveals full cast. Circling Harley Quinn’s noggin from left to right is Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, along with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. Check out the Birds promo art below.
Written by Christina Hodson and directed by Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey is based on the DC Comics team of the same name. The movie will see Harley Quinn team up with superheroes like Black Canary and Huntress along with Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya. Together, the gang will face off against the villainous Black Mask and Victor Zsasz in order to protect the young Cassandra Cain, who eventually dons the mantle of Batgirl in the comics.
So yes, birds. As in the poster, the 2020 movie in which Margot Robbie reprises her role that made her a DC Extended Universe star. Birds of Prey poster features a dazed-looking Harley Quinn surrounded by small, winged versions of the movie’s cast. It is a fun, colorful concept that reminds us that when it comes to getting stuff done, Harley Quinn is always preferred to wing it. Now she is here to ensure that if there do happen to be any objects orbiting around your head, they are birds.
Furthermore, the Birds of Prey poster loosely references Harley Quinn’s mental illness, with the characters portrayed with wings flying around her head. That’s an homage to classic cartoons where birds fly around the heads of characters who are dazed or otherwise out of it.
As we saw in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn was driven mad by the Joker (played by Jared Leto), and the full title of Birds of Prey hints at her distancing herself from the Clown Prime of Crime. Alongside previous rumors about that version of Joker will appear in the upcoming movie, nothing has been confirmed just yet. We may have to wait until the first official trailer of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is released. But with this debut of the poster, hopefully, we will not have to wait much longer for footage.
“Birds of Prey:” First Set Photos Surfaced Online
Until now, Birds of Prey has taken flight at long last. Harley Quinn’s standalone film has been a long time coming, but its production kicked off on the project this week. Now, the first set photos of Birds of Prey have surfaced online, giving fans a new look at Margot Robbie all done up.
Recently over on Twitter, fans began to circulate new set photos taken from Birds of Prey. With actors on set, the stills have captured the likes of Margot Robbie in her character. And Harley Quinn looks glitzier than ever before here.
Oh, and the vixen’s up-do? That’s what we call hair goals.
— ~Oracle (@4eyedRaven) January 29, 2019
As we see above, Birds of Prey set photos reveal a new Harley outfit. She has her blond-haired dyed with teal tips, and her getup is just as colorful. Putting on a sequin trench coat, Harley has on a mesh top with stars sewn into its netting. Her look arrives with short booties and some colorfully striped trousers.
In the other photos, Harley Quinn is seen hanging over a man on an empty street. One picture has her leaning on the guy with an arm slung over his shoulder. The pair appears to be headed towards a car. And in the second image, the two is seemingly standing close on a doorstep.
Still, details about Birds of Prey remain quiet so far, but fans did get a good look at the film yesterday.
Although the production just began, a teaser for the movie went live featuring its main cast. Not only did Margot Robbie appear as Harley Quinn, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead showed up as the Huntress. Meanwhile, Jurnee Smollett-Bell stepped in as Black Canary, Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Rose Perez as Renee Montoya. Alongside the team, Ewan McGregor appeared as Black Mask while Chris Messina rounded up the teased cast as Victor Zsasz.
Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) comes to theaters on February 7, 2020. Other upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Shazam! on April 5, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020.
Margot Robbie Reveals the Inspiration for ‘Birds of Prey’s Full Title
Birds of Prey’s full title may have a lot to it, but it seems like Margot Robbie stars Harley Quinn is pretty happy with it.
In an Instagram post, Margot Robbie shared an official script page for Birds of Prey, which featured some very Harley Quinn-esque doodles and a hand-written subtitle. As The Hollywood Reporter confirmed soon after, these doodles actually revealed the film’s full title: Birds of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
Making a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Margot Robbie was asked about her post about the film’s title. As she explained, the title arguably illustrates the movie’s tone, particularly with her character, Harley Quinn, has in it.
“That’s real,” Robbie said. “Yeah, that’s the title. It’s not going to be… It’s not a very serious movie. Birds of Prey makes it sound very serious, and then that [subtitle is] Harley is kind of going ‘Hey, here I am.”
When Margot Robbie first announced the title, it might have received a bit of backlash and quickly became a meme of sorts.
Some considered the title to be too wordy, even silly. While others argued that it’s perfectly reflective of Harley Quinn’s tongue-in-cheek sensibility. Many fans and even Harley’s co-creator Paul Dini have praised it in one way or another. For Margot Robbie, who is also a producer on the film, revealed that she got inspiration for the title in a very particular way.
“I love a long title,” she explained. “When we’re trying to come up with the title… ‘Did you ever see The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?’ It is a long title, but I love it.”
Birds of Prey (& The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will see Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) teaming up with Black Canary (Jurneee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez). They all attempt to rescue Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from the villainous Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
The film is directed by Cathy Yan, with a script from Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson. Stunt coordinator Jonathan Eusebio & fight coordinator Jon Valera have joined the project recently. And Eusebio reportedly also has served as a second unit director. Now all eyes are on what Cathy Yan will do with the group of iconic female characters in Birds of Prey, especially if its rated R.
Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will arrive in theaters on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, other upcoming DC films are on the way.
‘Birds of Prey’: In Defense of the Subtitle ‘the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’
Recently, DC’s Birds of Prey film got a major update. And some would argue that it’s a blessing in disguise.
Margot Robbie shared an Instagram post that revealed the film’s title script page, including some Harley Quinn-esque doodles and her lipstick markings. As The Hollywood Reporter confirmed shortly after, those doodles actually expressed the film’s official title: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn).
Sure, the title may have received a bit of backlash. Some quickly considered this full title to be a bit of a mouthful, while another misfire within the DC Extended Universe world. Either way, both haters and lovers of the title have turned it into a meme of sorts, imagining ways that title could be even longer or entry into some completely different genre. However, there is a chance that its negativity is missing the point. And that ‘The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” could become a pretty good fit for Birds of Prey.
It Clearly Sets a Tone
As wordy as the Bird of Prey subtitle is, it seems to do a pretty good job of conveying the movie’s plot, based on the information that has already come out. Birds of Prey is expected to see Harley Quinn trying to get over her hopeless romantic relationship with the Joker (Jared Leto). That is, until she gained power with female friends like Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya.
While it seems to be unclear exactly how Harley’s “fantabulous emancipation” will unfold, the subtitle makes it clear that she will be getting to operate as her own character. If Harley Quinn ends up emancipation from the Joker in Birds of Prey, it would seemingly set up interesting narrative seeds for the Joker & Harley Quinn spinoff movie to harvest. This also would indicate DC is looking at the big picture, and really focusing on serialized storytelling. And some DC fans will probably see this subtitle as a pleasant surprise.
Even as for Harley Quinn’s co-creator Paul Dini, he couldn’t be happier about the title. He loves the tone that the title is already setting. To him, it seems perfectly Harley.
“I love the new movie title because I often have Harley scribble nonsense and wacky thoughts all over things, like her therapist’s pad, or my introduction to the Sirens book,” Dini revealed. “So this subtitle reads as classic Quinnsanity to me.”
It’s Something New
As we can see, more and more comic book movies are coming out each year, but Birds of Prey’s full title already gave it the opportunity to stand out. Sure, it’s something different from most superhero films, which previously just coasted by on relatively simple titles like Iron Man and X2. But at its core, Birds of Prey already is something different itself. It’s the first major superhero movie that features an all-female ensemble, as well as the first film directed by an Asian woman Cathy Yan.
“I pitched the idea of the R-rated girl gang film that includes Harley because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’” Margot Robbie said of the film last year. “Harley loves to interact with people. So don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people; that should be a girl gang. I was not seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that’s always a big part of it.”
The Birds of Prey Brand
Speaking of that, having the title is arguably a case of having your cake and eating it too, with the film using the “Birds of Prey” name without simply titling it Birds of Prey (or re-titling it into something even more Harley-centric).
As some argued when Birds of Prey first announced its roster featuring DC Comics female characters, it seemed weird to name the film Birds of Prey, seeing as Barbara Gordon is not currently among the film’s cast. Meanwhile, it’s unclear how exactly the Birds will be founded within the DCEU; this title seemingly hints that Harley Quinn isn’t meant just to be a stand-in for Barbara, and will factor into the team in her own unique way.
By this way, audiences can get their first exposure to what has made the Birds of Prey such a beloved part in the DC Comics world, without erasing the significance of some of the team members who potentially won’t join the film.
The DCEU definitely still has plans for Barbara character, with Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson also penning a Batgirl standalone movie. Assuming that this first Birds of Prey film does well, it wouldn’t seem out of the question that Barbara could (and should) eventually be in the film. If and when she does, those future movies could certainly have a lot of potential titles to choose, from Birds of Prey to Batgirl and the Birds of Prey or something.
Birds of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) will hit theaters on February 7, 2020. In the meantime, other upcoming DC films include Aquaman on December 21st this year, Shazam on April 4th, 2019, Joker on October 10th, 2019, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020.
Margot Robbie Revealed Full “Birds of Prey” Title With a Harley Quinn Twist
Margot Robbie has been preparing for her return as Harley Quinn. And it seems that she’s having quite a lot of fun in the process.
Recently, Robbie shared on Instagram the title page of the script for Birds of Prey, the upcoming DCEU movie that will follow Harley Quinn and her girl gang. Robbie’s version of the script had some rather delightful additions to it. Beneath “Birds of Prey” is a lengthy handwritten parenthetical subtitle, including a lipstick imprint and various doodles. That reveals the full name is: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).”
It sounds like a bit of goof. But as The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is the real title of the movie.
Apparently, Birds of Prey just isn’t catchy enough, Warner Bros. decided on the new name for the 2020 entry in the DC Extended Universe. The official title is pretty long, but it’s perfectly in character for Harley Quinn.
Given what we already knew about Birds of Prey stars Harley Quinn, there’s some truth to that subtitle.
The movie is expected to see Harley Quinn trying to get over her previous romantic relationship with the Joker. In the process, Harley will be teaming up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). All of them will attempt to rescue Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from the villainous Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
“It’s really excited, and even the process of going through getting the role and everything was a very different than I’ve typically been through,” Winstead said shortly after being cast. “Being with the other actresses and a female director and just the whole energy behind this is so unique, so I’m really happy about that.”
Cathy Yan is the director of the movie, with a script from Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson. Stunt coordinator Jonathan Eusebio and fight coordinator Jon Valera recently have joined the crew for Birds of Prey. And Eusebio reportedly also has served as a second unit director.
“This, I could say that Robbie is an amazing producer,” Hodson said in a recent interview. “She’s so dedicated. She cares so much. She’s in it and works so hard. She looks through every choice, reads through every draft, and has super-smart notes. I’m 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.”
Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey (& The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is set to begin filming in January of 2019 and fly into theaters on Feb 7th, 2020.