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- Corey Chichizola
The DC live-action universe has hit its stride with the last few releases. Warner Bros.’ shared universe may have stumbled at the start with movies like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, but the last three releases have been critical and box office successes. Todd Phillips’ Joker is making tons of money at theaters, but it set outside of the greater DCEU. Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey will pick things back up, introducing plenty of Gotham City favorites in the process. Ewan McGregor is playing the villainous Black Mask, and recently raved about the film’s script, and described it as a ‘feminist film’.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will bring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn back to theaters, and give her some real friends. Director Cathy Yan filled the highly anticipated movie with beloved femme fatales from the page. Victor Zsasz and Black Mask are the exceptions to this female-focused blockbuster, with the latter played by Ewan McGregor. McGregor recently spoke to Birds of Prey‘s script and message, saying:
Is it February yet? Ewan McGregor has had a long successful career in film, accruing generations of fans who appreciate his work. So such high praise carries weight, especially going so far as to cal the script “brilliant.” Birds of Prey has been teased to be something wholly unique to the superhero genre, and it seems the movie’s villain echoes this passionate feelings.
Ewan McGregor’s comments to Premiere will likely be music to the ears of DC fans, as well as moviegoers who are advocating for inclusion and representation in the media. DC fans first and foremost want a good film, after a bevy of disappointments previously hit theaters. But Aquaman and Shazam! both resonated with audiences, bringing hope and life into the DC Extended Universe. And while Joker isn’t set within the DCEU, Warner Bros. is still behind the controversial Oscar hopeful.
Over the past few years, there’s been a conscious effort for movies to become more inclusive, featuring diverse stories and characters. While the MCU focused on stories about white men for the first two phases, its since become a more diverse place when it comes to race and sex. The DCEU has had a shorter tenure in theaters, but made history with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.
Birds of Prey will not only feature a cast of actresses who make up the titular team, but it was also written and directed by women. This influence seems to be sewed into the fabric of the movie, at least according to Ewan McGregor. The first trailer recently teased at the feminist angle of the film, as Harley laments about how the purpose of a harlequin is simply to serve. The movie looks like a quirky and wild ride in theaters, and it should be interesting to see what information arrives ahead of its debut in theaters.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will be released February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.