Moving away from the Suicide Squad and Joker, DC villain Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) allies with three other superheroines to form the Birds of Prey group. In addition to Quinn, this association is formed by Black Canary (Jurnee Smolett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez). The four heroines work together to try to save the life of a young woman, named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), threatened by an evil criminal known as Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
This adaptation of DC’s Birds Of Prey comics is directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs), and the script is written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). The main cast of the film is Margot Robbie (Mary, Queen of Scotland), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Cloverfield Street 10), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood), Rosie Perez (Giving the note: Even higher ), Ella Jay Basco (Veep), Chris Messina (Open Wounds) and Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin).
Who needs Batman, the Joker or, in fact, the other members of Birds of Prey, when you have Harley Quinn? That seems to be the position taken by Cathy Yan, director of the second year of Margot Robbie as the adorable crime queen of Gotham City. The debut trailer of Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of a Harley Quinn) focuses on Robbie, barely glimpsing the other members of the DC ensemble: Mary Hunter Winstead’s jacket, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s black Canary and Ella Cassandra Caín from Ella Jay Basco.
Batman and the Joker are missing, perhaps because Warner Bros has given up an integrated DC Extended Universe to focus, instead, on releasing free quality individual efforts from a wider sagas-building network. The last Batman found by Quinn, Ben Affleck, has been removed in favor of a new crusader with cape for the next The Batman, which will be played by Robert Pattinson. And it’s hard to argue that this is not the best since the dark knight chose to hit Robbie before bringing her back to life in the unfortunate Suicide Squad of 2016.
Meanwhile, the most recent screen partner of the Australian actor like Mr J, the highly underused Jared Leto, seems very unlikely to return on paper. It’s still unclear if Joaquin Phoenix’s version of Gotham City’s clown prince will return for more adventures in DC after his fantastic debut in Todd Phillips’ Joker, so it probably makes sense to skip the supervillain while Warner decides where to go to continuation. The only mention of Quinn’s squeeze in the new trailer is disdainful: our (anti) heroine has separated from her partner in the crime, and it seems that it was not an easy break since she is aiming darts at a model. of his features
And then we have a movie that puts Robbie in front and center, just as Suicide Squad tried to do, even though that movie is apparently also a joint effort.
Time will tell if this is a wise company. Warner Bros knows that the Robbie-Quinn combo is a thing of twisted splendor: that this tragic and pointed lady of Gotham is her rough DC diamond. Dismissed by critics and ruined by the enthusiastic interference of the study in its edition, Suicide Squad, however, focused more than $ 746.8 million (£ 600 million) on the global box office, presumably largely the result of those trailers with Robbie taking center stage. .
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Will you repeat the trick in Birds of Prey? Or will the other characters come to the fore in the final movie? Will Quinn be a Raymond Chandleresque narrator at all times? Or will Yan opt for a blatant change in the final cut? Warner has a habit of making unreliable trailers, so it is difficult to know.
Suicide Squad preferred extravagant images to characterization, and although Robbie had more time in front of the screen than his bad counterparts, we never got under his skin. So it is not surprising that Birds of Prey seems ready to give us the movie that Harley Quinn movie fans yearned to see since their promotion for Suicide Squad. However, there has to be more to Birds of Prey, or why would Warner not call this as his main figure?
Much will be reduced to Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask: he is not the most infamous of Batman’s supervillains in print, nor the best known. But cinema can shake comic book hierarchies with skilful casting and charismatic performances. Even so, McGregor will have to grab Quinn’s characteristic baseball bat and get him out of the park if he wants to convince the public that the Joker and his evil fellow Gotham are the ones that best lurk in the shadows.
Filming began last January and is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Georgia. At first