Aquaman is about to come up for air, and with the Purple People Eater from Marvel not coming around for another several months, DC Comics and WB Pictures are doing everything they can to monopolize as much of the nerd spotlight as possible.
And ever since news about this woman coming back to cinemas in February 2020 with her three amigos and fighting the big Black Mask, people have been pretty stoked about Birds of Prey.
Another movie of inclusion. Another film with leading ladies. Another chance for DC Comics to gain a step closer to Marvel’s domination. And then Margot Robbie did this and barfed an entire collection of Scrabble game pieces on Instagram.
Can someone PUH-LEASE call one of those brainiac kids with the Scripps National Spelling Bee to help us understand what in the red, white, and blue hell we are to call this movie?!
So, we have (big breath, kids) Birds of Prey…and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. (Annnnnd exhale)
That is not only coming from the runaway star of Suicide Squad, but also this new movie’s producer (at least, with a credit). And that’s her Instagram feed with no spelling filter.
Not for nothing, but this seems legit. No spoof. No fake news. Sorry to disappoint. The official Warner Bros. Pictures Twitter account also shared the news.
The Cathy Yan-directed CBM has been dropping bombs on us all lately. First, we learn Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (TrueBlood, Friday Night Lights) are taking over the roles of Huntress and Black Canary respectively. Then, Rosie Perez will be Detective Renee Montoya. Ella Jay Basco (Veep, Grey’s Anatomy) completes the quartet girl gang as Cassandra Cain, a.k.a. Batgirl No. 4.
And then, this happened.
Ewan “Young Obi-Wan” McGregor signed on to be the villain we knew and wished was coming — Black Mask. This movie has some serious mojo working, so Warner Bros. gave its multi-hued star permission to post the title for the film.
She did and we learned two things
First, Harley appears to be breaking free from the 24-karat gold-plated chains of bondage from Jared Leto’s Joker. While those two hooking-up plays well with canon, so does Harley Quinn leaving the Clown Prince of Crime.
If you don’t have a chance to read through Harley Quinn #25, sift through this thorough read in io9 for some details how that is so.
What matters is that whatever this long-winded “emancipation” means, it could come across well as a liberation tale for her as she forges ahead with this tetrahedron of tumult.
And second, Harley is apparently much smarter than you. Like, you can spell “fantabulous” and “emancipation” in the same sentence.
(Now, chin up, at least we have Obi-Wan. Help us, dude. You may be our only hope.)