Everyone who saw Margot Robbie in SUICIDE SQUAD immediately knew she was special. Her character, Harley Quinn, is a chaotic force that commands attention; she’s fun and terrifying at the same time.
Robbie was already well on her way to stardom, but SUICIDE SQUAD turned her into an icon. Harley casually holding a baseball bat, wearing multicolored pigtails, is one of the defining images of DC’s movie lineup from Warner Bros. It makes all the sense in the world that WB would be quick to get this character back on screen.
Robbie returns as Harley Quinn in BIRDS OF PREY, now available on AMC Theatres On Demand. The new movie brings many more DC characters to the screen as well. Here’s everything you need to know about BIRDS OF PREY before you watch.
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Where Can I Find the Birds of Prey Trailer?
Right here! BIRDS OF PREY launched its first trailer on October 1, 2019, which you can watch above. It shows off the various characters in play, all of whom will be discussed further in this feature, but it also showcases the film as very much a Harley Quinn movie.
The Birds of Prey Director
The film’s director is a cool choice. Her name is Cathy Yan, and she’s a business school grad who became a journalist (with jobs at the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal) before becoming a filmmaker. Yan’s first feature, DEAD PIGS, debuted at Sundance 2018 to glowing reviews. The Shanghai-set story looks at family and cultural changes in China. Margot Robbie reportedly specifically wanted Yan to direct BIRDS OF PREY.
What’s the Official Title?
Margot Robbie revealed the original title via Instagram: BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN). But when the film opened in theatres in February, the official title changed to the simpler HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY. Both titles suggest that Harley really gets to come into her own in the new story — and that’s what we all want!
The Birds of Prey Story
Christina Hodson, whose most recent big release is BUMBLEBEE, wrote the script. The new film takes place sometime after SUICIDE SQUAD and finds that the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn has soured. As a result, Mr. J throws his girlfriend to the curb, and she must find her way to survive without his protection in the Gotham criminal underworld.
The story teams Harley with three other characters: Huntress, Black Canary and Gotham City PD detective Renee Montoya. Why? Well, a young girl, Cassandra Cain, ends up with a very special diamond belonging to Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), one of the most powerful criminals in Gotham’s new underworld. The women individually set out to rescue Cassandra with their own motives in mind, bringing together the titular team for the first time.
The Birds of Prey Cast
Here’s where things get fun. Naturally, Margot Robbie plays Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley Quinn. She was once a psychiatrist, but left that life behind to pursue, well, whatever she wants. She’s unpredictable, to say the least, so assuming any one type of behavior from Harley is a very bad idea.
Ewan McGregor ("Fargo," TRAINSPOTTING, the STAR WARS prequels) plays Black Mask, aka Roman Sionis. The ruthless Black Mask has been a fixture of Batman comics for years — he’s a crime boss who, as his name implies, uses masks to intimidate underlings and terrify victims.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("Friday Night Lights," "True Blood") plays Black Canary. In the comics, Black Canary is a crime fighter who is often paired with the archer Green Arrow. In BIRDS OF PREY, she is employed as a singer at a lounge owned by Roman Sionis.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, "Fargo") plays Huntress. As with Black Canary, there have been several different comic book versions of the character. The most recent comic stories cast her as a mafia princess who becomes a vigilante after the murder of her family. She’s more violent than Black Canary, but not as berserk as Harley.
Rosie Perez (FEARLESS, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) plays Gotham City PD detective Renee Montoya. She teams up with Harley, Canary and Huntress. In the comics, she’s a central character in "Gotham Central," which tells stories about Gotham’s police force. Like Harley, she was actually created for "Batman: The Animated Series," but soon made her way to other media.
New talent Ella Jay Basco plays Cassandra Cain, the young girl who is threatened by Black Mask. In the comics, Cain eventually becomes Batgirl, though we don’t know if that’s going to be her path on screen, too.
Finally, Chris Messina plays Victor Zsasz, with Talon Reid, Steven Williams, Derek Wilson, Dana Lee, François Chau, Matthew Willig and Ali Wong all having supporting roles as well.
Any Relation Between This Movie and "Birds of Prey" on TV?
There is no connection between BIRDS OF PREY and any of the TV incarnations of these characters. In 2002, the TV series "Birds of Prey" brought Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon (aka Oracle) together for a show that only lasted 13 episodes. It was before its time! Some of these characters have also appeared on The CW’s "Arrowverse" shows (above), but those versions and BIRDS OF PREY won’t connect.
Enjoy BIRDS OF PREY at home through AMC Theatres On Demand now!