Set to make its cinematic debut worldwide on 7 February 2020, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will see Margot Robbie reprise her role as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn. Though the events of the film take place after the 2016 movie Suicide Squad, writer Christina Hodson confirmed to Screen Rant that Birds of Prey will be a standalone Harley Quinn story.
In Birds of Prey, Harley teams up with fellow female DC characters Helena Bertinelli/Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a young girl named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from Roman Sionis/Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), a brutal crime lord in Gotham City.
Huntress is a vigilante and the daughter of mafia gangster Franco Bertinelli while Black Canary is an impulsive crime-fighter. Montoya is a former detective from Gotham City Police Department who frequently met with Batman.
Cain is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva who grew up conditioned to be an assassin so she has very limited social skills.
In the comics, she was the second Batgirl and also used the code name Orphan like her late father did.
Meanwhile, Black Mask, one of Batman’s enemies, is obsessed with masks and has sadistic pleasure from acts of torture.
Thanks to his parents, he grew up resenting the Wayne family and became a crime lord targetting Bruce, his family and everyone who works with them.
So far, there are only two teaser trailers released and neither show what exactly the plot will be focusing on. From what I can actually gather is that it will be quite action-packed with hand-to-hand combat and motorbike scenes.
This is definitely something to look forward to because this will be the first superhero film that features a predominantly female main cast. The teasers have a fun vibe. Plus, the characters have distinct and more serious personalities and since we already know who Harley is from Suicide Squad, I’m excited to see how she fits in with them.
According to IGN, Hodson explained her writing approach to Total Film, saying that Birds of Prey is really its own story with a familiar character in Harley. “I just tried to take myself off-leash. I fell in love with this character, and then all of these other new characters. And I just created a brand new story that felt like its own thing, and that doesn’t have to feel like it follows one or the other.”
Check out the two teasers (in 1 video) of Birds of Prey: