Fans have been patiently waiting for some Bird of Prey footage to drop. Following Margot Robbie’s performance in Suicide Squad, everyone wants more Harley Quinn action. Fortunately, the first trailer for the movie is out, and it’s a complete adrenaline rush.
A Quick Taste Of Emancipation
The trailer delivers a plethora of action within two minutes. As expected, Quinn and The Joker are no more. With her freedom, Quinn decides to put together a team of ladies to take over the town. After finding Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Bosco), Quinn discovers she has one of Black Mask’s (Ewan McGregor) diamonds. With the villain looking to retrieve what’s his, Quinn has to protect the girl and stop the madman. Fans get their first glimpse of Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez). The trailer also pays homage to Marilyn Monroe’s iconic performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
Filming Another Hit
When it comes to shooting the film, the cast had an amazing time on set. One particular day had them making stuff up on the fly. “We had this one scene where Margot [Robbie], Jurnee [Smollett-Bell], Rosie [Perez], Mary [Elizabeth Winstead] and I had to improv the majority of it,” Bosco told A Book Of. “That entire day we were laughing, making jokes, and having a great time. The director Cathy Yan, told us to do a bunch of silly things that made us smile the whole day. The location was also near a Shake Shack, so in our spare time, we just ate burgers, fries, and a bunch of other junk food. That day was super fun and didn’t feel like work at all.” Before Birds of Prey, Bosco appeared in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Veep.
Winstead believes fans will be quite impressed with this finished product. “You can expect something really fun and a bit wild and totally unique. Every day we were there, we were doing something that just felt really weird and funny and unlike anything else I’ve seen before in this genre. It was incredibly exciting to get to do that. We really got to work. We just played, and we had fun,” she told Total Film. The North Carolina native is no stranger to comic book films. In 2010, she starred as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. While the film didn’t make an impact at the box office, it became a cult classic.
Can’t Do This Alone
For Robbie, Birds of Prey is one of the biggest films in her career. Following Suicide Squad, the actress was ready to work on more projects about the character. Robbie wasn’t going to allow Quinn to be in a solo movie, though. “I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film,” Robbie told Collider. “She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”
Robbie also wanted to have a slew of women behind the scenes. Fortunately, director Cathy Yan and writer Christina Hodson were the best choices for Birds of Prey. Yan gained praise from Sundance for her 2018 directorial debut Dead Pigs. Hodson wrote 2018’s Bumblebee, which earned $468 million at the box office. She’ll continue working with DC Entertainment on the forthcoming Batgirl and The Flash films. Birds of Prey will be released in theaters on February 7, 2020.
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