The Birds of Prey movie will adapt the Gotham-centric DC superhero team, headlined by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Cathy Yan will be stepping behind the camera for the next Harley Quinn movie, which is known as Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn. (no, seriously). We’ll just call it Birds of Prey for brevity and sanity’s sake, though.
Yan will be the first Asian American woman to direct a superhero film (Marvel recently announced Chloe Zao will take on an Eternals movie, but Birds of Prey will be released long before then). Christina Hodson, whose name you may recognize as the writer of the upcoming Batgirl movie, as well as the excellent Bumblebee, wrote the script.
Birds of Prey recently wrapped filming, and you can even get a look at its logo…
Here’s everything else you need to know about Birds of Prey…
Birds of Prey Cast and Characters
The Birds of Prey movie already had Margot Robbie attached as its star early on (Robbie reportedly helped lead the push for a female director for the film). Robbie is also expected to appear as Harley Quinn in a Joker and Harley Quinn team-up film at some point in the future (although that is probably dead), Suicide Squad 2 , and potentially a solo Harley movie, too.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play Helena Bertinelli, The Huntress.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell will play Black Canary. You can see some other behind-the-scenes pics showcasing her right here.
Rosie Perez is Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya.
Ewan McGregor is on board as the villainous Black Mask.
Ella Jay Basco will play Cassandra Cain, familiar to DC Comics fans as Orphan (and at one point, Batgirl!). Basco’s Cain will be a central figure in the movie, with Harley Quinn, Huntress, and Black Canary protecting her from Black Mask, after the young Cain stumbles across a diamond that belongs to him.
Chris Messina will play resident shirtless scar-marked serial killer, Victor Zsasz, according to Deadline. Messina’s version of Zsasz will reportedly be “working in cahoots” with the movie’s main villain, Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask.
Deadline reports that Charlene Amoia (How I Met Your Mother) will play Maria Bertinelli, the mother of the Huntress.
Birds of Prey Trailer
Warner Bros used its platform at CinemaCon to hype up several of its big upcoming movies. The audience was treated to some behind the scenes footage of Birds of Prey, and a few new interesting bits of info about the film’s story.
Margot Robbie appeared in the video (via IndieWire) to confirm that Harley Quinn isn’t one of the titular Birds of Prey, but that she just hangs out with the girl gang, who are “batshit crazy.” The actress described her character in the film as “absolutely insane.” Apparently, a shot of Ewan McGregor as villain Black Mask also went down a storm at the presentation, with Robbie summing everything up with “this is not Batman’s Gotham.”
Birds of Prey Release Date
Warner Bros. has marked Feb. 7, 2020 as the Birds of Prey release date. The complete schedule of upcoming DC superhero movies can be found here.
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Birds of Prey Rating
The Birds of Prey movie will be rated R.
The film’s rating was confirmed (via Deadline) by director Cathy Yan herself at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. With R-rated features having proven to be a financially viable alternative, thanks to Fox-Marvel hits in the Deadpool films and Logan, this will be a major creative step for the DCEU.