Birds of Prey Movie Pitch

Birds of Prey was pitched as an “R-rated girl gang film” led by Harley Quinn, which is still an accurate description of the upcoming comic book movie. In Birds of Prey, directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina HodsonMargot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn teams up with several other crime-fighting women to take down Black Mask, a crime lord who controls Gotham City.

But there’s more to Birds of Prey than simply empowered girl gangs. With women in front of the screen and behind the screen, Birds of Prey takes on a deeper approach to female-led stories, including the most prominent issue today: the Me Too movement. In an interview with /Film’s Peter Sciretta during a visit to the set of Birds of Prey, Cathy Yan reveals how her pitch evolved to become a Me Too superhero movie.

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Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad Differences

Suicide Squad was by no means a box office failure, but it’s safe to assume no one considers it much of a success. Reviews were scathing, and the general consensus seems to be that it’s the worst of DC’s recent movies. Now here comes Birds of Prey, a film that brings back Suicide Squad‘s Harley Quinn, as played by Margot Robbie, but seems to be standing on its own two feet.

During /Film’s visit to the Birds of Prey set, director Cathy Yan spoke about the Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad differences, and how the upcoming movie forges its own path while not completely discounting the events of Suicide Squad.

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Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming Birds of Prey is an ensemble piece with Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn serving as the center of attention. But it’s important to remember that Harley is a little deranged, and since this movie is being told from her perspective, it’s probably not wise to take everything you see as the gospel truth.

During a visit to the set of Birds of Prey, /Film’s Peter Sciretta and a group of other journalists spoke with director Cathy Yan and producer Sue Kroll about Harley as an unreliable narrator, the narrative and aesthetic influences on the movie, and more.
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Many people have not seen the 2018 film Dead Pigs (it only grossed $4,000 at the box office), but Warner Bros. and Margo Robbie did. And that’s all that matters. With Birds of Prey, director Cathy Yan is getting her chance to show the world what she’s made of.

In March, I visited the set at Warner Bros. studios and was lucky to chat with her about the new film. What follows is a transcript of the roundtable Q&A, conducted with other assembled journalists. Yan talks about Harley Quinn as an unreliable narrator, the films that influenced this movie (which might surprise you), the casting of the major players, and her big pitch that won over the producers and the studio.

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Birds of Prey Action Scenes

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 »

birds of prey cast cassandra cain

The last big holdout in the Birds of Prey cast has been found. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in talks to play Cassandra Cain, one of the Batgirls, in the female-driven superhero film. Basco joins a cast that includes Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor. Cathy Yan is directing from a script by Christina Hodson, who is also writing the Batgirl movie.

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birds of prey cast

Ewan McGregor may play the Big Bad in the upcoming female-led comic book movie, Birds of Prey. The Christopher Robin actor is in talks to join the Birds of Prey cast as the villain Black Mask, a Gotham mob moss and frequent Batman baddie who will likely turn his attention to Harley Quinn and the members of the titular Birds of Prey in the upcoming film helmed by Cathy Yan.

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How ‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan Got the Job

birds of prey movie pitch

A lot of eyes are trained on Birds of Prey, Warner Bros.’ first all-female superhero team in its DC Extended Universe, anchored by fan-favorite villain Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). So how did the relatively unknown filmmaker Cathy Yan land the job, beating out several other directors in the process? “I did my homework,” the Dead Pigs director explained while talking about her pitch process. That, and she used am unexpected pitch method that included an unusual sizzle reel that wowed the Warner Bros. boardroom.

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Birds of Prey Cast

The Birds of Prey cast is taking shape. It was previously reported that several actresses were reading for various parts, and now, two have been confirmed. Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play Huntress, while Jurnee Smollett-Bell is taking on the role of Black Canary. Both join Margot Robbie in the female-driven DC film. More on the Birds of Prey cast below.

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birds of prey movie release date

The Birds of Prey movie, which will star Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and feature a team of other DC female characters, has locked down a release date. Warner Bros. will debut the film in theaters February 2020, with Cathy Yan set to direct. More on the Birds of Prey movie release date below.

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