Birds of Prey, AKA Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, AKA Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, is currently on digital. But if you’re like me, and still prefer physical media, here’s some good news: the Blu-ray is on the way. The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD release will arrive next month, May 12 to be exact, bringing with it all sorts of special features.
Birds of Prey didn’t exactly set the box office on fire – but you know what? It’s a fun movie. It has a few script issues here and there – I really don’t think it needed the nonlinear timeline angle – but overall, it’s a wild, over-the-top, ultra-violent girl gang flick. Margot Robbie continues to live it up as Harley Quinn, and Ewan McGregor is having the time of his life as Black Mask.
In Birds of Prey, “When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis Ewan McGregor, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz Chris Messina, put a target on a young girl named Cass Ella Jay Basco, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley Margot Robbie, Huntress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Black Canary Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Renee Montoya Rosie Perez’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”
The movie is currently available on digital, but I’m a creature of habit, and I prefer to wait for the Blu-ray release – which is arriving May 12. Here are the special features included:
Birds Eye View Mode Birds of Prey: Birds of a Feather Grime and Crime Wild Nerds Romanesque Sanity is Sooo Last Season A Love/Skate Relationship Gag Reel
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc will feature “Dolby VisionTM HDR, which dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. It will also feature HDR10+TM, a new HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience.”
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, the film is based on characters from DC. The main cast also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis/Black Mask.
Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan already has ideas for a sequel. Although a direct Birds of Prey follow-up has not yet officially been confirmed, Yan has already started plotting out where she would take Harley Quinn on her next adventures — and with whom. And that character will be very familiar to longtime fans of Harley Quinn in both her animated and comic book forms.
In an interview with The Wrap, Cathy Yan said that if she were to direct a Birds of Prey sequel, she would focus on the fan-favorite dynamic of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy:
“I would love to see Poison Ivy and I would certainly love to see the relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.”
A Harley and Poison Ivy romance — or at least a criminal team-up — seems to be on everyone’s minds, as Margot Robbie also recently said that she has also been pushing for the eco-friendly supervillain to appear alongside her Harley Quinn. “One [character] been pushing for as long as I’ve been pushing for this film is Poison Ivy,” Robbie told /Film. “I mean, there’s two versions of that, you know, with some comics, it’s friendship, some comics, it’s romantic. Either way, I want to explore that because I just I love their relationship so much in the comics.”
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have long been paired together, first becoming partners in crime in Batman: The Animated Series during one of Harley’s breaks with the Joker. Their gleeful chemistry and Thelma and Louise-inspired dynamic in the animated series became so popular that their friendship was soon integrated into the comics. Harley and Ivy would appear as allies and maybe more in the comics and more animated shows, but their romantic relationship only became canon recently, becoming official in 2015. The second season of DC Universe’s animated Harley Quinn series, in which Poison Ivy is a recurring character and Harley’s sardonic best friend, will see Ivy finally become Harley’s romantic partner.
A Birds of Prey sequel is still unconfirmed, but Yan doesn’t dismiss the possibility, despite the film’s somewhat disappointing box office returns. “I think people aren’t ready to let go of Harley Quinn quite yet and you know, Margot I don’t think is ready to let go of Harley Quinn yet either,” she said.