Anticipation has been rising for the DC female team up film, Birds Of Prey. With the castings of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress), Hit Jurnee Smolett (Black Canary) and Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya) joining Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn it was exciting to see where this film went next. Now we have that answer.
Ewan McGregor has been cast as the villainous Black Mask in the movie. The former Obi-wan Kenobi will now be one of Gotham City’s most powerful gangsters.
This exciting announcement comes on the heels of director Cathy Yan saying that the film will receive an R-rating.
Here is an excerpt from Cathy Tan speaking at the US-China Entertainment Summit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
“I did my homework. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was relatively painless and straightforward. I immediately loved the script and it felt like something I could really do, and it felt very much like my own voice. I could not put the script down, it had so much dark humor to it which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relateable.
So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room, that somehow magically in terms of timing and luck that this opportunity was open to me and I was definitely going to make the best of it.”
Cassandra Cain who has yet to be cast is set to appear in the film as well. Birds of Prey hits theaters Feb 7,2020
We are finally beginning to get the answers as to who will be portaying whom in the DC film Birds of Prey. Now along with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, we now have our Huntress and Black Canary.
Warner Bros has revealed that Mary Elizabeth Winstead, known for 10 Coverfield Lane and Fargo will take up the mantle of Helena Bertinelli aka Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell of the show Underground will become the Black Canary. The role of Rene Montoya has yet to be decided, and it’s between One Day at a Time‘s Justina Machado and Vida‘s Roberta Colindrez. Montoya is a lesbian detective on the Gotham City police force who in some versions of the character done the identity “The Question”.
Both the Huntress and Black Canary have already been featured on the small screen. Huntress, on the CW’s Arrow has been played by Jessica De Gouw. Black Canary has been played by both Caity Lotz and Katie Cassidy on Arrow as well.
Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan and is set to hit theaters February 7,2020
The mystery may slowly begin to being solved when it comes to the cast of the Cathy Yan directed Birds of Prey film. We already know that Margot Robbie will reprise her role of Harley Quinn and now we may have a clue as to who will be the Huntress.
Francesca Ruscio an up and coming Italian-American actress sent out a series of Tweets which led to speculation that she may have landed the role of Helena Bertinelli aka The Huntress. In the first Tweet it is worded in a way which suggests she’s actually going to play the character. Add to it that it was liked by Margot Robbie only heightened up the rumor mill.
But that may just be that, a rumor mill as the tweet seems more of a campaign than a casting.
In comes the next tweet which again seems more of a campaign.
Now its not for sure known which is which, a campaign or a casting. But if this is a public campaign, well we saw what happened with Tyrese Gibson publicly campaigning to be John Stewart in the Green Lantern Corps film. Wait..we don’t know just yet. i guess we shall see with both.
It seems as if we may know who the bad guy will be for the upcoming Cathy Yan directed “Birds Of Prey” film. This go round we will possibly be getting the classic Batman villain, The Black Mask. This information is coming from The Wrap.
A possible plot for the film is that Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Black Canary, Huntress and others will come together to save Cassandra Cain from the clutches of a crime boss, and it now looks like said crime boss is going to be Roman Sionis aka Black Mask.
Another rumor that surfaced is that Cassandra’s father David would be the antagonist for this movie. Now how that plays into Black Mask is not yet known. But it is for sure that the classic villain will be making his way from video games and animated movies to a live action film.
It was announced earlier today that Cathy Yan has been tapped by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment to direct the next film within the DCEU, Birds Of Prey. Now Birds of Prey is not the official title, however the film is said to be based off of that and is a “girl gang film”. It needs to be noted that no official deal is in place just yet, but the Trade is confident in assuming that Yan will land the gig, thus making her “the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film.” This is a MAJOR DEAL once it is finalized.
Margot Robbie is picking up her baseball bat and mallet once again as Harley Quinn for the film, but it remains to be seen if she’ll be joined by the likes of Black Canary, Batgirl and Huntress. It is known that “the main characters and most of the creative braintrust are female.”
The script was written by Christina Hodson, who we recently found out was also hired to pen the Batgirl movie.
Birds of Prey (or whatever it winds up being called) is expected to commence production by year’s end or early 2019. Now other films that were in talks, Harley Quinn Vs The Joker, Gotham City Sirens as well as a direct Suicide Squad sequel are all supposedly still in the works, but have now been put on the backburner.