Taking place after Harley waves goodbye to her on-off lover the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, the clown princess of crime’s next adventure promises to something entirely different.
Part of DC’s upcoming slate which is heavily female-led (can we get a hell yeah?), Margot Robbie herself is in the producer’s chair this time.
Directed by Cathy Yan and penned by Christina Hodson, the writer behind last year’s acclaimed Bumblebee, we’ve no doubt that this will be a fresh and fun take for the beloved character’s second big-screen outing. Here is everything we know so far about Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)…
Who is in it?
Margot Robbie is back on our screens as Harley Quinn (finally!) and this time she’s bringing a whole damn girl squad with her.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim, Sky High) will play the Huntress, vigilante and daughter of gangster Franco Bertinelli, while Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood) stars as Black Canary, an expert in hand-to-hand combat who can often be seen paired up with Green Arrow in the comics.
Rosie Perez (The Dead Don’t Die) takes on the role of Renee Montoya, a detective at Gotham City’s Police Department.
Detective Montoya is a lesbian in the comic book canon, and hopefully this will be addressed on-screen so as to have some of the first LGBTQ+ representation in the DC Extended Universe. It will be especially cool to have someone with her kind of power and career.
The film will also feature Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Chris Messina (Sharp Objects) as notorious serial killer Victor Zsasz.
Who is the baddie?
Ewan McGregor takes to the bat as Roman Sionis, better known as Gotham City crime boss Black Mask.
One of Batman’s enduring enemies, Roman enjoys a good bit of torture and is a skilled marksman.
In the footage we’ve seen so far, McGregor wears his signature dashing white suit, but no mask just yet. This will be the character’s live-action debut, so it will certainly be interesting to see how they interpret the villain.
What is it about?
Little has been revealed thus far, but what we do know is that a young Cassandra Cain will cross paths with a diamond supposedly belonging to Black Mask.
When he discovers this and comes looking for her, Quinn will gather her girl gang (Huntress, Back Canary, and Montoya) to rally at her defence.
That dazzling teaser we got glimpses of in cinemas before It: Chapter Two this month left us with lots of questions, but when Harley gives that knowing wink to the camera, at least we know it’s going to be a fun ride.
Birds of Prey will be released in UK cinemas on 7th February 2020.