The teaser trailer for DC and director Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has been rated, and will arrive soon. Margot Robbie is reprising her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe film, with Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead costarring as Black Canary and Huntress. According to writer Christina Hodson (Bumblebee), the movie isn't really a Suicide Squad sequel so much as a continuation of Harley's story.
Birds of Prey pits Harley, Black Canary, and Huntress against the Gotham crime lord Roman Sionis/Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) in what Robbie has described as an "R rated girl gang film" set in the DCEU. Fans got their first glimpse at the cast's costumes near the beginning of this year, thanks to the release of a video confirming that production had begun. More recently, Birds of Prey underwent some pickup shoots to add new action scenes from John Wick director Chad Stahelski (whose stunt firm, 87 Eleven, has been working on the movie since day one).
Trailer-Track is confirming the first Birds of Prey trailer has been rated and will almost certainly debut with IT Chapter Two (another Warner Bros. release) in theaters next week. The trailer is just under 40 seconds long, so it shouldn't feature a whole lot of footage from the film (if much in the way of real footage at all). Some are speculating WB will repeat what it did with the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's next movie, Tenet, and show the Birds of Prey teaser on the big screen without releasing it online (officially, that is).
It's been difficult to tell if WB's approach to marketing Tenet has yielded the desired results so far, but if they're planning to do the same thing to promote Birds of Prey, then the studio clearly believes it has. Another possibility is that WB intends to release a Birds of Prey teaser with IT Chapter Two in theaters (as a way of guaranteeing that a whole lot of people see it), then drop the full-length trailer online in early October, so it can play alongside Joker on the big screen. Both of these movies are R-rated DC Comics adaptations intended for older audiences, so it only makes to take a synergistic approach to generating more buzz for them.
Either way, it shouldn't be long before DC fans get their first glimpse at some proper footage from Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). And with Shazam! having become a hit earlier this year and Joker generating serious Oscar buzz ahead of its run on the film festival circuit over the next couple weeks, Birds of Prey is in a good position to keep DC's winning streak going, beginning with a successful teaser launch.
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
- The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
- DC Super Pets (2022) release date: May 20, 2022
- Aquaman 2 (2022) release date: Dec 16, 2022