The Birds Of Prey screenwriter says she wanted to find a “fun way” of bringing the DC film to life.
Many fans are already wondering how Birds of Prey will address the events of Suicide Squad and how Harley Quinn winds up with the Birds of Prey instead of being dragged around by the Joker. A new interview with the Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson revealed that the film is going to be its own story rather than tied to Harley Quinn’s previous exploits in Suicide Squad. This follows DC and Warner Bros.’s new direction of stand-alone storytelling rather than aiming for an interconnected cinematic universe.
The Birds of Prey writer revealed to Total Film that Margot Robbie always wanted the film to be a “Harley Quinn plus girls” story, since the Birds of Prey actress is a fan of the comics. Luckily, Warner Bros. and DC were flexible in allowing screenwriter Christina Hodson in crafting new fun ways that make the film feel like its own adventure in the DC Universe. Read what else the writer had to say about the Birds of Prey film below.
“Margot knew she wanted to tell a ‘Harley Quinn plus girls’ story. She knew she wanted a girl gang. She wanted Harley to have friends. She’s a comic-book fan. Obviously, you know, it’s not a traditional team-up. So then it was about finding fun, inventive ways of doing that. Warners were very supportive in terms of letting me go off-leash. I fell in love with this character, and then all of these other new characters. And I just created a brand new story that felt like its own thing, and that doesn’t have to feel like it follows one or the other.”
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Full details on the Birds of Prey plot are currently unknown, though the film is said to center on Huntress, Black Canary, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn joining forces to protect Cassandra Cain when she comes into the possession of a diamond belonging to a criminal kingpin known as Black Mask.
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.
Source: Total Film (via GamesRadar)