For as much faith as I have for Joker, I have that much amount of doubt for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Much like that extended, parenthetic subtitle, the addition of the character Harley Quinn feels shoehorned in to a adaptation that, in it’s original comic book form, never featured her (Although Quinn was featured in her own villainess team-up with Gotham City Sirens). The new poster seems to emphasize the out-of-place nature of her character as well. Check it out below:
With reports that John Wick director Chad Stahelski had been brought on recently to up the quality of the action scenes, one already feels deja vu to Margot Robbie’s first time out as the character when Suicide Squad was heavily edited down and altered by the studio before it’s release. However, that film went on to make $745.8 million on a $175 million budget so I imagine Warner Bros. was fine doing the same thing this time around.
Still, this film is expected to be the first theatrically released R-rated film in the main DCEU universe (Joker is part of the standalone DC Black label, thus not part of the main continuity). With a trailer expected to be attached to Joker (Out October 4th), we’ll finally be getting a firm idea of what to expect. For now…be aware that Harley Quinn is being discussed to be in several projects for the DCEU. Fear it, run from it, Quinn seems to be taking over the DCEU.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, and Ewan McGregor. It is directed by Cathy Yan and is expected to hit theaters February 7, 2020.