Good luck Gotham City, it looks like you're going to need it. In the just-released Warner Bros trailer for Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn,Margot Robbie returns to Bruce Wayne's hometown as Harley Quinn, the volatile vixen of vivacity who made the leap from the pages of DC Comics to Hollywood's big screen in Suicide Squad 2016. That $175 million PG-13 film piled up $747 million in worldwide box office due in large part to Robbie's bawdy, wild-child performance — the new film will try pushing even further into edgy material with a R-rating.
The “emancipation” in the eccentric and elongated title is a nod to Harley's relationship status after parting ways with her bad-boy boyfriend, the Joker as played with pervy menace by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. But being single isn't the same as being alone, especially when you've got friends like the Birds of Prey. That's the name for the “girl gang” that teams Harley withthe Huntress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Black Canary Jurnee Smollet-Bell.
The trio will clash with Ewan McGregor as the mysterious and ruthless crime boss called the Black Mask. The cast also includes Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Chris Messina as Victor Zsaz.Now in post-production, Birds of Preywas directed by Cathy Yan and due in theaters on Feb. 7.
The trailer's release is part of a huge week for Gotham City characters. This past Sunday night, Pennyworth starring Jack Bannon as Batman's future butler closed out its first season on Epix. This Thursday, the highly anticipated Jokerhits theaters and is widely considered a major Oscar contender. Next Sunday, the new R-rated Harley Quinntelevision series starring Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theorywill get a special preview at New York Comic Con. That same night, Batwoman premieres on The CW. This year also marks the 80th anniversary of Batman.
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The DC universe is about to get another injection of some much-needed girl power when Cathy Yan’s candy-colored “Birds of Prey” hits theaters next February. Featuring Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, the film’s unwieldy subtitle — “The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Miss Harley Quinn,” naturally — makes it clear that this all-new comic book adventure is about the former Dr. Quinzel busting loose of her, well, unique shackles read: the Joker. She won’t be alone, either.
Joining Robbie in the film are Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. The movie follows the aforementioned comic book characters as they team up to save Cassandra Cain Ella Jay Basco from the villainous Black Mask Ewan McGregor, who appears to be having a hell of a time breaking bad in the film’s first official trailer. Chris Messina also stars as Mr. Zsasz and Ali Wong is reportedly on deck in an undisclosed role.
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In September, the studio released a first look at the film that was only available in theaters, a teaser that focused on two key elements: Harley being “so over clowns” and the eponymous Birds of Prey striking out on their own action adventure to rid Gotham of the kind of trash only they can take out. The film’s first full-length trailer finds more fun in those exact elements, with Harley cutting off her iconic pigtails and announcing that she and the Joker are over before digging into her plan to retrofit the city into her iconic image. But, rest assured, she’s not the only dame in Gotham looking for emancipation, and she’s about to land a brand-new gang of baddies doing good to help along the way.
With this directing gig, Yan becomes the first Asian woman to oversee any Hollywood superhero epic. Last year, Robbie explained to IndieWire why she wanted Yan to direct the film. “Well, it's a female girl gang film,” Robbie said at the time. “Historically, female filmmakers aren't given the same opportunities, and we all need to be making conscious efforts to even out those statistics. But beyond that, there was going to be so many integral female characters in this story, in the Harley Quinn one, the girl gang film, that I wanted a truly female point of view and perspective on telling that story.”
Warner Bros. will release “Birds of Prey” in theaters on February 7, 2020. Check out the first trailer for the film below.
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn – yes, that’s the real title – gives Margot Robbie another shot at playing Harley Quinn, and hopefully, things will turn out better this time. Robbie leads a cast that includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, and Ella Jay Basco in this female-driven superhero team-up flick. Watch the Birds of Prey trailer below.
Birds of Prey Trailer
Margot Robbie has firmly established herself as a talented actor. And in theory, she could be a great Harley Quinn. I say in theory, and could because I feel Robbie hasn’t been given a fair opportunity to show what she’s got. Robbie’s first outing as Harley was in the absolutely abysmal Suicide Squad, and try as she might, she had next to nothing to work with. A performer’s talents will only get them so far. If the character they’re playing is poorly written, it’s very hard to rise above the material.
Thankfully, Robbie is going to have another chance. Two chances, actually, since she’s reprising the character for James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel. First, though, she’ll appear in Cathy Yan‘s Birds of Prey. The film teams Robbie with Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Here’s the synopsis:
Since the events of Suicide Squad, Batman has disappeared, leaving Gotham City unprotected from crime, and Harley Quinn has left the Joker. When Cassandra Cain, a young girl, comes across a diamond belonging to crime lord Black Mask, Harley joins forces with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to help protect her.
Ewan McGregor is playing Black Mask, while Chris Messina takes on the role of serial killer Victor Zsasz. The script comes from Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, and it was the script that particularly drew in director Cathy Yan. “I could not put the script down, it had so much dark humor to it, which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relatable,” Yan said. “So I went in [to the pitch meeting] with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room, that somehow magically in terms of timing and luck that this opportunity was open to me and I was definitely going to make the best of it.”
“I’m excited to see Harley stand on her own and be her own thing,” Hodson said. “She is the character, in all of my writing, that I’ve most enjoyed. I’m excited to bring her into the world a second time. She’s so full of contradictions, she’s so intelligent, but also so crazy. She’s just the most fun to write. You never know what you’re gonna get when you sit down.”
An actual headline about Joker, which comes out this Friday: “ Joker spurs security precautions from the U.S. Army and police.” Another: “Select theaters ban face masks and costumes amid Joker screening security concerns.” Escapism, Joker is not, unlike another a movie based on a DC Comics character. Whereas the Clown Prince of Crime's solo movie is concerned with self-earnest importance, Harley Quinn's Birds of Prey looks like a blast. It's right there in the full, “not very serious” title, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, and the delightful posters that DC and Warner Bros. have been rolling out. Is there a hyena wearing a pink collar? You bet!
“Breaking hearts and faces,” another Instagram caption teases.
And two more, with Harley as a literal gumshoe and a crushed car.
Harley seems to be taking her time away from the Joker well. She's even trying to get the upper-hand in the breakup in my mind, Margot Robbie threw one of Jared Leto's dead rats in his face and walked out on him: the first trailer for Birds of Prey premieres tomorrow, October 1, before the hyena-free Joker hits theaters. Stay tuned for that.
Directed by Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, and Ewan McGregor, opens February 7, 2020.
The official Birds of Prey trailer is dropping tomorrow. The social media account for the movie made the announcement this morning with new posters and a brief teaser. The first teaser was released in theaters only and took place before the re-release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, where it took aim at IT Chapter Two. However, this trailer will be released online and it will be full-length as Margot Robbie and crew are finally ready to officially show the world what they've got up their sleeves.
The first Birds of Prey poster has Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn laying down upside down on the hood of a police car with a cheeseburger. The second poster finds Quinn smiling while riding a bullet, which has just ripped through a heart. The third is the previously released image of Quinn and the characters flying around her face, and the fourth is Quinn performing a jump kick. Finally, we see Quinn sitting on a couch with a hyena. Each poster is paired with a second image that, when put all together, says, "Proudly Presenting the World Premiere of Our Very Own Trailer. 10/1, So Watch it."
The Birds of Prey teaser features Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn with her mallet, while Black Canary Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Renee Montoya Rosie Perez, Cassandra Cain Ella Jay Basco, and Huntress Mary Elizabeth Winstead stand around her. It's not clear what's going on, but we'll more than likely get an even bigger tease tomorrow when the trailer drops. Robbie and crew had been busy with reshoots over the past few weeks, but it appears they are finished now.
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Margot Robbie is now with director James Gunn to shoot The Suicide Squad. Production just started on the long-awaited movie and DC fans are curious about what they can expect, especially with such a large cast. Jai Courtney is back as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman is back as Rick Flag, and Viola Davis is back as Amanda Waller. Peter Capaldi, Michael Rooker, David Dastmalchian, Storm Reid, John Cena, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Taika Waititi, Jennifer Holland, Julio Ruiz, Tinahe Kajese, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Mayling Ng, Joaquín Cosío, Flula Borg, Pete Davidson, Steve Agee, and Daniela Melchior round out the cast.
Birds of Prey is all set to hit theaters on February 7th, 2020. "You can expect something really fun and a bit wild and totally unique," says Mary Elizabeth Winstead when talking about the movie. It appears that the cast and crew had a fun time making the movie and the promotional material reflects that too. Margot Robbie had to fight for an R-rating, so there will definitely be some darkness thrown in too. You can check out the teaser, along with all of the posters below, thanks to the Birds of Prey Instagram account. The trailer will more than likely be released early tomorrow.
Aside from a short first-look video and a recent poster, Warner Bros. is doing everything it can to delay revealing anything significant with its meager promotional materials for Margot Robbie's Suicide Squad spin-off, Birds of Prey. And, yes, there is a leaked teaser trailer out there somewhere on the World Wide Web, but since it was leaked, it doesn't really count as “official” promotion. What does count, though — albeit very briefly — is WarnerMedia's new “Diversity and Inclusion Interim Report” video featuring CEO John Stankey.
WarnerMedia, the parent company behind Warner Bros. that's owned by AT&T, is the new entertainment conglomerate behind the HBO Max streaming service and other shenanigans. As interesting as that all might be to some, though, the most intriguing part of the new video is actually a brief look at some behind-the-scenes footage from Birds of Prey. Specifically, if you turn to the 1:13 mark, you'll see Robbie and director Cathy Yan looking at a monitor. And why is this cool? Because Robbie's Harley Quinn costume appears to be decked out for some roller derby.
Along with the fact that the location they're shooting on looks an awful lot like a skating rink, it seems Birds of Prey will be digging into Quinn's time as a murderous roller derby girl in the comics. During the character's standalone comic from 2014 to 2016, when she was at odds with the Joker, she took various odd jobs to make ends meet. One of these was as a rather enthusiastic member of a women's roller derby team. It was great.