Margot Robbie is back as the brilliant Harley Quinn in a new movie slated for release in early February 2020. The ‘Birds of Prey‘ plot sees Harley join forces with a band of kick-ass women to protect a young girl from a crime lord known as Black Mask.
Director Cathy Yan has been given the job of bringing the comic book sensation to the big screen in this latest adventure. Yan has previously directed three shorts and one feature (Dead Pigs). Joining Yan behind the scenes was a team comprised of director of photography Matthew Libatique (“A Star Is Born,” “Venom”); production designer K.K. Barrett (“Her”); editor Jay Cassidy (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”).
Talking to ScreenRant about exploring the “duality” of Harley Quinn’s character. Yan said “Yeah, absolutely. I think there's such a duality in Harley Quinn, even in just the blue and the pink, and Dr. Harleen Quinzel versus Harley Quinn. Both sides of her are there, and she’s still very much the smart doctor that she once was. She’s still capable of armchair diagnosing anyone–we say that's part of her superpower.”
“But then she can be so easily manipulated and has really low self-esteem and has all of the issues that Joker really brought out in her.”
Margot Robbie is joined on set by a strong cast including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut.
Early tracking reported by variety.com shows the superhero team-up “Birds of Prey” is heading for an opening domestic weekend in the $50 million range. The film cost around $100 million to make. Margot Robbie recently told Variety in an interview. “I love action films, and I think there’s a misconception perhaps subconsciously for people: action films are for dudes, girls don’t really like them. Which is just not true.”
I expect the film will find a big audience with both male and female fans of the franchise.