During Warner Bros.' CinemaCon presentation Tuesday, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) star Margot Robbie confirmed that Quinn is not actually a member of the Birds of Prey team. In DC Comics lore, Birds of Prey is the name of a female team that was originally begun by Black Canary and Barbara Gordon, and later took on various different members, including Huntress and Lady Blackhawk.
Indeed, Black Canary and Huntress are both set to appear in the upcoming movie version of Birds of Prey, with Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress. Much to the chagrin of many DC fans, Barbara Gordon herself will not appear in the film (unless it's set to spring a major surprise). However, popular Birds of Prey comics character Cassandra Cain will appear, played by Ella Jay Basco. But the movie will largely center around Harley Quinn, with Margot Robbie reprising the role she originated in Suicide Squad.
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As may have been teased by the movie's title, which refers to Birds of Prey and the fantabulous emancipation of Harley Quinn as if they are separate matters, Quinn is indeed not a member of the titular team in the movie. This fact was confirmed by Margot Robbie herself on Tuesday from CinemaCon, where Warner Bros. hosted a headline-making panel.
Robbie's confirmation ends speculation that the new movie might mess with comic book tradition by making Quinn a member of Birds of Prey. Now it's clear that in the movie the real Birds team, Huntress and Black Canary, become somehow involved with Quinn during the course of the plot, which concerns the villainous Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) nabbing Cassandra Cain after she comes into possession of a diamond that belongs to him. Leaks from the set have already shown Quinn going after Black Mask, while also teasing Quinn's new looks.
DC fans who were already upset about Barbara Gordon/Oracle being left out of the movie may take some solace from knowing that the film will not play around with canon and make Harley Quinn an official Birds of Prey member. However, the film does still center around Quinn, which makes it perhaps something less than a real, official Birds of Prey movie. Clearly, Warner Bros. was hesitant to push out a full Birds of Prey-centered film and so decided it would make sense to work Quinn, an established character with a strong following among casual fans, into the movie alongside the Birds. Any way you look at it, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is giving comic book movie fans a lot of reasons to be excited.
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