It’s funny to think that Birds of Prey, once considered an under-performer at the box office, is currently the fourth highest-grossing movie of 2020. Not that it should have been labeled a “disappointment” in the first place. Birds of Prey has made nearly 2.5 times its budget, and as director Cathy Yan pointed out to the Hollywood Reporter, “There were also undue expectations on a female-led movie, and what I was most disappointed in was this idea that perhaps it proved that we weren’t ready for this yet.” It may not have made $780 million, like another fourth-wall-breaking comic book character, but by any other measure, Birds of Prey is a financial and critical success.
Speaking of that R-rated, fourth-wall-breaker: in the same chat with the Hollywood Reporter, Yan was asked about the comparisons between Harley Quinn Margot Robbie and Deadpool Ryan Reynolds, and whether she was bothered by them.
“It didn’t disgust me that people were comparing us to Deadpool. I love Deadpool; I think it’s a great movie, but we were very much trying to do our own thing,” Yan answered. “I can’t underline enough how it was a risk. I do have to thank the studio for supporting a movie that was never going to be four-quadrant. It was R-rated the entire time, and we never talked about changing the rating to get more people into the theater.”
“I’m very proud of how the movie performed and the way that it could speak to the people who really responded to it. It was always going to be this weird, quirky movie — by design — just like Harley Quinn.”
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.
Ryan Reynolds posted a Deadpool tribute to Kenny Rogers on social media a few nights ago. Reynolds posted a deleted scene from the first movie and informed fans that the original idea was to have him singing Rogers' iconic 1978 hit 'The Gambler' while beating the hell out of Ajax. Kenny Rogers passed away on Friday evening at the age of 81. He sold over 100 million records worldwide and fit into a number of different categories, though country is what normally first comes to mind.
Deadpool aka @VancityReynolds singing @_KennyRogers. I wish they had kept this in the first movie. #RIPKennyRogerspic.twitter.com/z54KOxBL7b
— _-_-_-_ a disappearing boy_-_-_-_ @ChalametTheGod March 22, 2020
Ryan Reynolds posted the video via his Instagram story, which showed the unfinished Deadpool deleted scene. There are no visual effects, but one can get the idea through all of the action on the screen. From there, Wade jumps into a version of Kenny Rogers' 'The Gambler' as he continues to beat the hell out of Ajax, straining when kicking and punching. The choreography in the scene works perfectly along with the song, but one can easily see why it was left on the cutting room floor.
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Deadpool and Kenny Rogers may seem like an odd combination, but it worked pretty well, as you can see below. 'The Gambler' is a song written by Don Schlitz in 1976, though the song is best-known with Rogers' name attached. A number of other artists recorded it first, including Johnny Cash, but it was Rogers' version, from his album of the same name, that took off. The country song crossed over into the pop charts, which was incredibly rare in the late 1970s. The album and single were a huge success and it eventually earned him the Grammy award for best male country vocal performance in 1980.
Deadpool is no stranger to pop culture and his version of 'The Gambler' would have fit right in. The scene in question comes up before the flashback where Wade is introduced to Ajax, so the deleted scene would not have set things up as well. The dialogue in the final cut lets the audience know how much these two characters hate each other, which ultimately works much better for the Merc with a Mouth and the storytelling in the first installment.
Deadpool 2 hit theaters and was a success, despite the fact that it did not include a Kenny Rogers song either. Deadpool 3 is reportedly being worked on currently, though we have yet to really hear anything official as of yet. Ryan Reynolds has held meeting with Marvel Studios and Disney, but we're still waiting for the confirmation. As to whether or not the movie with be R-rated, that's a whole other question at this time. For now, Marvel fans should just sit back and enjoy a deleted scene from the first movie,...