‘Birds of Prey’ Producer Sue Kroll On Batgirl Appearing In The Film

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Birds of Prey producer Sue Kroll has revealed that Batgirl will not appear in the film.

Batgirl is a prominent part of the Birds of Prey in the comics. Barbara Gordon appears as both Batgirl and Oracle throughout Birds of Prey history and even has a film being written by Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) scribe Christina Hodson, so fans thought that there could be a small possibility of her appearing in the team-up event. Cassandra Cain, who was once Batgirl in the comics, will appear in Birds of Prey with Ella Jay Basco in the role, but she definitely won’t be suiting up.

Back in March when I visited the set of Birds of Prey, producer Sue Kroll revealed that Batgirl will not appear in the film. Kroll also delved into the film’s R rating, the continuation of Harley Quinn’s story and her uniqueness as a character. Here are her full comments on Batgirl and the upcoming movie:

QUESTION: I think the biggest one is we’ve heard over the last couple weeks that DC is going to do more sort of specific things and this obviously feels like that but what can you say about the connections to a suicide squad or another suicide squad movie because Harley obviously is such a big piece of those.

Sue Kroll: Well what I can tell you, I can’t speak for the studio, but this is a standalone film and obviously Harley really popped coming out of Suicide Squad and actually the idea for this movie is Margot’s idea of a girl gang film. But this is a standalone movie and it’s not a sequel or tied in any way to Suicide Squad. So it’s an origin story of sorts. Which is great because it used to be the universe is all connected and obviously there are a lot more discrete films that are in development and we’re one of them obviously in production.

QUESTION: I was just reading the synopsis of the film and One thing I’m curious about the story being driven by Harley’s perspective in this series and I’m curious if this is kind of an unreliable narrator situation? Like how much of her vision are we going to specifically see?

Sue Kroll: Well we want you to be surprised but what we can say is Harley obviously is very unique right? Her point of view on the world is very specific. So imagine that you are looking at the world through her eyes and her rationale and reason. And that’s what we’ll be offering up to you. So it’s fun. I mean that’s where the spirit of the movie comes from. But you get a lot more dimension to Harley now because you’ve seen her in Suicide Squad but this is a movie where we really explore a lot more about her and I think you’ll be surprised.

QUESTION: Can you tell us a little bit about Character choices because it’s like an unconventional…even the birds of prey you have 2 characters from it, but having cassie in there and rene, was there kind of a thesis how they came to be or were they characters that the writers were really kind of into.

Sue Kroll: A little bit of both and I think, just to speak plainly, some of the other characters are in development in other movies movies and these are characters that have been explored in the canon. There are lots of different versions of birds of prey. And this is the one that everybody wanted to tell. So, we’ll see where it goes in the future.

QUESTION: A lot of the words youre using subversive and stuff suggest maybe an R rating do you guys know if you’re going to go for that? Is it Deadpool or the Dark Knight?

Bryan Unkeless: We’re two thirds of the way through production. So a whole lot of things could change, and that whole process as you know it’s complicated but one thing I think that has really been a guiding light for us is to push boundaries and really not allow any kind of barriers to the creativity or the attitude that Harley sets forth. So that will lead us to where it leads us. But certainly we’re trying to take chances.

Sue Kroll: And trying to embrace the audaciousness of the story.

QUESTION: As you noted, there are other characters you could choose from for a Birds of Prey roster. A lot of us have seen Shazam! We’ve seen Aquaman. We saw how standalone those were. We also saw a big world-building to them where they can expand within their own universe. In this universe, do you guys have plans to do that? Is there maybe teases of planting seeds for other characters to come and things like that throughout this film?

Sue Kroll: There isn’t, but we of course would love, you know, to expand our world at some point.

Bryan Unkeless: We’re trying to keep our head in this game. (Laughter) We gotta do well on this one and then we’ll see where that leads us. We’re just trying to deliver here.

Sue Kroll: And then getting these women together also for the first time and a new villain, it’s a lot, without distractions.

QUESTION: Would you say that that’s, in terms of not really building a universe out of this and just doing a standalone film, does that help you in the story process, or does that hinder you in some of the areas you’d like to explore?

Sue Kroll: That’s interesting. We haven’t felt any hindrance at all. The world that we’ve created is so expansive, potentially anyway, without bringing in lots of [other characters]. People haven’t seen these characters on-screen except for Harley, you know? So definitely not.

QUESTION: I’m just gonna ask the Batgirl question because she, Barbara Gordon, has been an important character for Birds of Prey really since the beginning. We have Cassandra Cain, but I’m just curious if we have Batgirl in this film?

Sue Kroll: You’ll not see Batgirl. Just gonna say ‘No.’

QUESTION: Can you talk about why you didn’t decide to include that character?

Sue Kroll: Well Batgirl’s actually…. this is a studio question. That character’s in development on her own film, right? And so, yeah.

Bryan Unkeless: A lot of it also has just originated from Margot and Christina kind of having this fun, open canvas or being attracted to the characters. So there certainly are some of those studio primers, but this by and large is, ‘This character’s awesome!’ You know? And Christina and Margot would get excited about these characters and it led us to the people we have on this wall.

QUESTION: What can you say about the stakes of the movie? Obviously, in a team-up movie, you need a reason that Harley can’t beat them herself. Can you talk about Black Mask and everybody and what they bring to it to necessitate a team-up movie like this?

Sue Kroll: They bring suspense and villainy. (Laughter) You’ll learn more about the movie. You’ll visit set and then as time goes on, but we don’t want to give too much away at this point.

Bryan Unkeless: One thing thematically, though it’s not so plot-driven, is that I think we find all of these characters at really unique times in their lives. Times of transition and in some ways times of, we use the word, obviously it’s in the title, emancipation from different things that are holding them back. Often times there’s men in their lives or other forces that are kind of holding them back, so there’s this kind of thematic pull. This sense of liberation in a way that pulls them [together]. Now that’s not plot, but that’s thematic underpinnings of it.

QUESTION: Can you guys give kind of like your version of the synopsis of the film? Like where we find the characters at the beginning and what their goal becomes?

Sue Kroll: Well you have the synopsis, right? And yeah, it’s kind of complicated to explain and we don’t want to go too much more deeply. I think that’s something you can talk to Cathy about today a little bit, and Margot, because you do find each of these women in different stages of their life and their life together, as they’re gonna come together. And Harley, we all know Harley is just, you know, she’s gonna be freed from her relationship with The Joker.

Bryan Unkeless: It’s not one that is, you know, again, it’s seeing through the prism of Harley Quinn’s perspective, right? So it’s not easily encapsulated in a linear logline. It’s pretty outrageous. And so to sit and talk about it from beginning to end would be challenging.

QUESTION: Is there anything you’ve seen before that you could maybe compare it to in terms of tone, or adventure, or anything like that?

Sue Kroll: I think it’s its own unique thing. That’s why when you look at the reel, and as you start to see things from the movie, it’s very… And look we haven’t seen the movie, right? We’re still in production, guys, so this is all about our goal and aspiration, but you know, it’s edgy and cool and gritty, but it’s also very funny and acerbic and spirited and each of the women bring very unique kind of dimension. And they’re in very different stages in sort of their evolution as characters. But I think to talk too specifically about it, I’m afraid it’s almost gonna be reductive and therefore dull, right? And this is, it’s early yet, so all the stuff that you need to get what you’re trying to shape, we’ll be able to talk about a little bit better, I think.

QUESTION: What is Cathy Yan bringing to this in the spirit and the tone?

Sue Kroll: Well, I think everything that you’ve seen is what she’s bringing. I mean she is this very fierce, independent spirit. [She’s] very, very smart. She’s ferociously smart. She has a very specific vision. You’re gonna experience a little bit of that today. And it’s been really great. You’re hearing this a lot, I’m sure, female-led, but we have a lot of great women on the project and I include Bryan in that. (Laughter) But she’s a force. All the elements that you see here. It’s like the movie feels, it’s very grounded in the world, but yet a very unique take on sort of what you’ve already probably experienced from the canon. I want you to see it.

Bryan Unkeless: Yeah, I mean I think you guys can imagine when you’re deciding on a director for a movie like this, it’s a really heavy, weighty decision for all of us. We really, really deliberate and met with some unbelievable candidates, passionate and smart and people with great track records. And Cathy came in and just completely blew us away. Just came prepared with a fully realized vision that tapped into the voice and perspective of Harley Quinn in a stylized, cool, contemporary, edgy, subversive way. And did it in a way that made it feel relevant, made it feel fresh, and stood on its own. She brought in the sizzle reel. She brought in this visual document. She already had a great movie in Dead Pigs that tapped into a very unique tone. It’s rare when you leave a room and you’re like, ‘Whew! All right. We’re in for a good year and a half, two years,’ because you felt like, okay, the foundation’s laid out for you immediately.

Sue Kroll: And also, just to add to that, if you imagine all these women finding themselves, discovering who they are without their male counterparts, we talk about female empowerment. It’s obviously not intended to be on the nose and it’s still entertaining, but that’s what’s going on here. Cathy really brings that sensibility to the movie.

What do you think about Batgirl not being in the film? Are you excited for Birds of Prey? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below!

Here is the official synopsis for Birds of Prey:

“You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”

Directed by Cathy Yan from a script penned by Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Ali Wong, Robert Catrini, and Michael Masini have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

Birds of Prey will be released in theaters on February 7, 2020. Stay tuned for more updates on Birds of Prey and Batgirl!

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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