In a spot of Birdman-riffing brilliance, the film will henceforth be known as Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Robbie made the reveal via an Instagram post, which saw the addendum scrawled, Harley-style, over the title page of her script. And, no, it’s not a joke.
Not only does this put Robbie’s deranged antihero front and and center in terms of the film’s plot (a point that was confirmed by co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a recent interview), it also hints that the film’s tone and sense of humor will at least be a touch more sophisticated than that of Harley’s first DC Extended Universe outing, aka the mess that was Suicide Squad.
The “fantabulous emancipation” aspect of the new title, though, is probably the most interesting one: cutting Harley off from her damaging relationship with Jared Leto’s Joker and sending her off on her own adventure – with her own team – could be a smart move.
Robbie’s energetic turn as Harley was widely touted as one of the best things about Suicide Squad, and the actress seemed to be the least tarnished of that film’s core cast after its savage reviews. She also likely played a big part in the film’s box-office success – just look at the amount of Harley-inspired fancy dress going on last Halloween – so there’s clearly an audience there.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will see Harley forming her own, female-only supergroup – including Winstead’s Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary – as they take on Ewan McGregor’s villainous Black Mask. We have more information on the movie right here.
“It’s sort of a spinoff of Suicide Squad,” Winstead said in an interview with Bionic Buzz. “It kind of follows Harley Quinn…and this sort of girl gang that she puts together. I play Huntress, and we’ve got Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor. It’s a really fun, fun cast.”
Winstead also confirmed that the film will start shooting in January, ready for its February 7, 2020 release date. The complete schedule of upcoming DC movies can be found here.