Birds of Prey star Ewan McGregor discussed how the upcoming DC film will take a real look at misogyny.
Next year, Warner Bros. and DC’s Birds of Prey will pit the eponymous team of heroines against Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask. While the first official trailer for Birds of Prey revealed there will be plenty of action, Ewan McGregor told Premiere that the DC film will also take a “true look” at misogyny.
As Ewan McGregor explained, most misogynists in films are often shown committing the worst imaginable acts of violence. However, Birds of Prey will take a look at the “everyday” misogyny through the dialogue, according to Ewan McGregor:
“What interested me with Birds of Prey is that it’s a feminist film. It is very finely written, it is in the script a true look on the misogyny. And I think we (the men) need that, we need to be more aware of how we behave with the opposite sex. We need to be taught to change. The misogynists in the movies are often extreme: they are raping, they beat women… And it’s legitimate to represent people like that, because they exist and they are obviously the worst. But in the dialogues of Birds of Prey, there is always an allusion to everyday misogyny, to those things that we say as a man we do not even realize, to mansplaining… All this is in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant.”
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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, Warner Bros.’ 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.