The anticipation level for DC Films’ Birds of Prey movie went through the roof earlier this week when it was revealed that Mary Elizabeth Winstead had been cast as Huntress and the actress is finally opening up about joining the superhero project.
In the comics, Helena Bertinelli is the daughter of the Bertinelli Mafia family, one of Gotham’s leading crime families. After the murder of her parents, Helena takes up the mantle of Huntress to put an end to the mafia in Gotham once and for all. Although Winstead previously appeared in the comic book adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, her new role in the girl-gang DC film will feature a level of physicality the actress has yet to experience in her work.
Speaking to TheWrap, Winstead dished on joining the superhero film, which she’ll begin training for soon for a production start in January:
“Yeah, I’m going to start training, and I’ll be learning how to shoot a bow and arrow too, which is new for me,”
Winstead also got candid about how she got involved with the project, revealing that it was director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) who sold her on the project, exposing her to the character’s backstory:
“I can’t say that I was a huge comic book reader. But when I met with Cathy Yan, who’s directing the film, and learned kind of the back story of the character, I was really interested. It’s a really strong, kind of emotional place to start from for a superhero character. I won’t go into too much detail now, but I think it’s interesting and an opportunity to do something cool with this kind of character.”
Winstead was in the running against Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror) but ultimately got the job. The actress went on to open up, sharing that the audition process was unlike any she had previously experienced, as well as revealing why she’s so excited to be part of the all-female cast:
“It’s really exciting, and even the process of going through getting the role and everything was a very different experience than I’ve typically been through. Being with the other actresses and a female director and just the whole energy behind this is so unique, so I’m really happy about that.”
Yan is set to direct the project from a script written by Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson. The film will be produced by Sue Kroll under her Kroll & Co Entertainment banner along with Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, and Margot Robbie who is set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the film. Plot details remain under wraps however the film will feature Batman villain Black Mask as the primary antagonist.
DC Comics’ Birds of Prey are an international crimefighting team featuring heroines such as Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) and the Huntress (Helena Bertinelli). The comic book teams current lineup consists of Black Canary, Huntress, and Lady Blackhawk, along with Hawk and Dove.
Birds of Prey is one of the many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, Nightwing, a Deathstroke film, and a Joker origin movie set outside of the DCEU.
Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7, 2020. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Birds of Prey and the future of DC Films as we learn it.