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The Movie: Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: After breaking up with the Joker, Harley Quinn suddenly loses the protective shield that the Clown Prince of Crime provided for her. That makes her the new target of every lowlife in Gotham City who she ever wronged, including notorious gangster Roman Sionis. When an important diamond is stolen out from under Sionis, Harley and a collection of capable women are thrown into a whirlwind adventure to retrieve it, enact some revenge, and bond in the process.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: After the absolute mess that was 2016’s Suicide Squad, which introduced a live-action Harley Quinn to audiences for the first time, I can totally understand why people might be a little hesitant to jump back into another adventure starring one of Suicide Squad‘s main characters. But Birds of Prey is a massive improvement over its predecessor on every level, putting dynamic female characters in the center of the frame and giving us a perspective we haven’t seen yet in films set in Gotham. Read More »
Usually when movies become available for VOD rental, it’s day-and-date with the release of the movie on Blu-ray and DVD, typically between 75 and 90 days after a movie has been released in theaters. But in the time of coronavirus, the traditional window for these kind of releases has been drastically shaken up.
Birds of Prey was one of the movies that arrived rather early on VOD after movie theaters were shut down in March, taking a bite out of the box office haul it wold have taken in (even if it may not have been that high after being in theaters over a month). However, unlike Universal’s VOD releases of The Invisible Man, The Hunt, and Emma, Warner Bros. only made Birds of Prey available for digital purchase at $19.99, and no rental option was available. But that changes today, and it won’t cost as much. Read More »
It isn’t all fun and games for the Birds of Prey — which is a funny message to deliver in a Birds of Prey teaser shown at the 2019 Game Awards. But Harley Quinn and her gang of super girls, which include Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya, are here to show that they mean business. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that director Cathy Yan‘s neon-soaked comic book film is suddenly becoming grim and gritty: it just means the girls are about to blow a bunch of stuff up.
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This week brings Joker to theaters, and along with the debut of the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story, we’ll be getting a proper glimpse at the upcoming spin-off focusing on his Clown Princess of Crime, the totally insane Harley Quinn. A new trailer for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will arrive tomorrow morning, but first, we have a batch of bright new Birds of Prey posters that finally bring a welcome amount of color to the dingy DC Extended Universe’s color scheme, and Margot Robbie looks like she’s having a blast. Read More »
The forthcoming DC Comics movie Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has been done shooting for a while, but after working its way through post-production, a round of additional photography is commencing shortly. But when director Cathy Yan gets back to work on the movie starring Margot Robbie as Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn, she’ll have some help crafting new action scenes.
John Wick director Chad Stahelski is bring brought in to help design and shoot some new action scenes as part of the second unit. While it might seem unusual for such a high profile filmmaker to be brought in to oversee action scenes for the second unit, it’s common for action sequences to be completed away from principal photography. And in this case, it just so happens that his stunt company 87 Eleven has been involved with the film since production began. Find out more below. Read More »