DC and Warner’s Suicide Squad (2016) might have as many fans as detractors. Or perhaps even more againsters than followers, hard to know. But what is sure is that in general terms it wasn’t the hit it was intended to be. Still, the movie is spawning into a sequel, The Suicide Squad (2021), written and directed by James Gunn and currently filming, and the spin-off Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020).
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020) is primarily based on Harley Quinn and several other female DC Comics heroes and villains, such as Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. In the movie, after the events of Suicide Squad (2016), Harley Quinn has left the Joker. When a young girl named Cassandra Cain comes across a diamond belonging to an evil crime lord by the name of Black Mask, Harley joins forces with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to protect her.
Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn, as she also does in the sequel The Suicide Squad (2021). Her partners in this new adventure are Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli / Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance / Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. The main cast is completed by Bojana Novakovic, Ali Wong, Matthew Willig, Steven Williams, Charlene Amoia, Derek Wilson, Greice Santo, and Ewan McGregor as the brutal and iron-fisted crime mastermind Roman Sionis / Black Mask, and Chris Messina as the deranged serial killer and skin-claiming Victor Zsasz.
The story of this set of picturesque characters is based on the Birds Of Prey comic books created by Chuck Dixon and Jordan B. Gorfinkel. The screenplay for the movie is been written by Christina Hodson, known for being the writer of Shut In (2016), Unforgettable (2017) and Bumblebee (2018), as well as for the upcoming DC Comics adaptations The Flash and Batgirl. Cathy Yan, winner of Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for her debut film Dead Pigs (2018), was set to direct the movie.
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020) was filmed between January 2019 and April 15, 2019. It is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on February 7, 2020. The first trailer for the movie is already out and you can watch it here:
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