Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan commented on the advice she received from Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins.
Birds of Prey is finally playing theaters in theaters across the world, bringing audiences the long-awaited return of Margot Robbie to the role of Harley Quinn. Now, Birds of Prey joins Patty Jenkins’ record-breaking Wonder Woman as the only two DC Extended Universe films fronted by women.
During an interview with The Wrap, Cathy Yan commented on the advice she received from Patty Jenkins while the latter was working on Wonder Woman 1984. The Birds of Prey director added that she’s always curious to talk to other directors because the profession can be quite lonely:
“She’s awesome — there was a lot for us to talk about it. I called her a bunch of times throughout and she was very much working on ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ at the same time, and she gave a lot of great advice. It’s nice to have that camaraderie. It’s not even just among female directors — directing is actually quite lonely. There aren’t that many of us and what we do is pretty singular so I’m always very curious talking to other directors.”
Cathy Yan later noted that she did not speak with Batman v. Superman director Zack Snyder or Suicide Squad helmer. However, the Birds of Prey director did hear stories about David Ayer’s approach to the rehearsal period for Suicide Squad from Margot Robbie:
“He worked with actors for a very long time, he had a very long rehearsal period with them, so I thought that was really interesting.”
Full details on the Wonder Woman 1984 plot are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to follow Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince as she comes into conflict with a formidable new adversary named Cheetah and Maxwell Lord. Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wigg, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright. Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in theaters on June 4, 2020.
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Here is the official synopsis for Cathy Yan’s 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 is now playing in theaters.
Source: The Wrap