‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

MOVIE NEWS - on 02 Oct 1919
movie news ‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

The  Birds of Prey trailer has dropped, and it’s absolutely fantabulous. Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn after she stole the show in 2016’s  Suicide Squad. Now she’s emancipated from that abysmal movie and her toxic relationship with the Joker in  Birds of Prey.

With a new girl gang by her side and a host of colorful, much more comfortable costumes, Harley Quinn is ready to take Gotham by storm. But she and fellow female vigilantes Black Canary Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Huntress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Renee Montoya Rosie Perez, and Cassandra Cain Ella Jay Basco first must face one of the city’s most formidable crime lords, Black Mask Ewan McGregor.

See our  Birds of Prey trailer breakdown below.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

The trailer opens upon the cityscape, with Harley Quinn confidently strutting down the street with her new sidekick Cassandra Cain. But as the purple neon lights in the foreground seem to suggest, the specter of the Joker still follows her.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

We’re introduced to our first members of the Birds of Prey, a team that in the comics traditionally consisted of all-female superheroes like Black Canary, Oracle, and Huntress. While Oracle née Batgirl won’t be showing up in this film, we get our first glimpse at one of the original members, Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, singing at a nightclub with some illuminating decor it’s the eyes. Look at the eyes.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

We get an introduction to a woman in prayer at a small church. At first I thought this was Renee Montoya Perez, but as she has straight hair and appears in a later shot, perhaps not.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

“You know what a harlequin is?” Harley cynically rambles to Black Canary while they commiserate at a bar. “A harlequin’s role is to serve. It’s nothing without a master. And no one gives two shits who we are beyond that.” It appears that Black Canary is a dissatisfied hired grunt for…someone.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

Harley Quinn is cutting ties with her past — literally. Harley chops off the pink and blue-tipped hair that was a major part in her “harlequin” costume in favor of a shorter cut. And it’s a fun play off of women who cut their hair after a break-up.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

Yes, Harley and the Joker are officially broken up, Harley says. And she’s looking for a fresh start. Harley doesn’t seem to have any love left for the psychotic clown, making a dagger-throwing target out of him on her bedroom wall. Though it looks like she didn’t bother to draw his “DAMAGED” tattoo.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

We get a silhouette introduction to Renee Montoya, who is investigating a mysterious fire. The Gotham Police Department detective is not traditionally a member of the Birds of Prey either, though she is a recent Gotham staple who is most frequently associated with Batwoman. But what is the building that caught fire? Could it be Arkham Asylum? Harley’s old prison? Harley’s very cute apartment?

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

We get our first glimpse at Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask watching Black Canary perform, with a strange rack focus on a martini glass full of olives.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

Looks like the investigation into the fire did not go well, as Renee Montoya is seen packing up her desk and leaving her job at Gotham PD. Perhaps she uncovered a city-wide cover-up and evidence of corruption — which would make sense considering Black Mask is an infamous crime lord.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

Our first shot of Huntress Winstead comes with her trusty crossbow, which she seems to be wielding at Harley, or at least at someone just past Harley.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

Harley looks ready to party, not fight. But who is she reluctantly fighting in the alleyway where Huntress can be seen sitting on her motorcycle in the background? One of the Black Mask’s henchmen, probably.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

If we were wondering why Black Mask was such a sinister foe, this shot confirms it. He has kidnapped and strung up several women, including what looks to be the woman who was praying at the church. Perhaps that woman has a connection to one of the Birds of Prey, starting the heroes on the mission to take down the Black Mask.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

The Black Mask consults with his henchman Victor Zsasz a bleach-blonde Chris Messina, who in the comics is a deranged serial killer who carves a tally mark on his skin for each victim he claims. He’s appeared once before in a cameo in Christopher Nolan’s  Dark Knight trilogy, but this is our first proper introduction to the Batman rogue. They’re talking seriously in front of a very fashionable woman who Black Mask refers to as a “queen.” “She bribes me,” he growls to Zsasz.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

Harley and her hyena! In  Batman the Animated Series and her comic book appearances, Harley has two loyal hyenas named Bud and Lou after Abbott and Costello, but mostly referred to by Harley as her “babies.” But in  Birds of Prey, it seems like Harley can only afford one hyena, hough she spoils it with a bedazzled pink collar and a Twizzler.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

I’m going to call this shirt Harley’s plot shirt. Because a whole lot of plot seems to be happening in the shots where Harley is wearing this shirt, which is amusingly branded with her own name. Dripping wet and guarding a scared Cassandra Cain Basco in some nameless storage room, she petulantly asks the goons in front of her who they are, before they begin shooting at her. Cassandra in the comics is an assassin who becomes Batgirl. Her character seems to be the most changed from her comic book counterpart, and just seems like an ordinary girl caught up in Harley’s problems.

‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer Breakdown: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is “Emancipated” From the Joker

Harley’s lost her cool branded shirt, but her pink sports bra is still as recognizable as ever. She’s been captured by Black Mask and his minions, who have her holed up at his nightclub, with the creepy eye-and-hands decor looking down at the scene.

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Source: Slashfilm.com

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