Anyone needing a proto-feminist adventure with a cracked-out clown chick… look no further than Birds of Prey.
The first trailer in the much-buzzed-about DC Comics adaptation landed this week, offering a glimpse into the post-Joker life of his former girlfriend Harley Quinn. Once again, Margot Robbie steps into the bootie shorts and pigtails to portray Quinn, as she did to great acclaim in 2016’s Suicide Squad.
Birds of Prey picks up several years later, after Quinn his finally ended her abusive relationship with the Joker. In dire need of a way to spend her evenings, she teams up with the heroines Huntress (played by Mary Elizabeth Winestead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to battle the villainous gangster Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
In a twist, Birds of Prey will reportedly portray Black Mask as a gay man–a move which has already attracted criticism and applause. In the comics, Renee Montoya is also portrayed as a queer woman, though no word on if the film will maintain her orientation. The film also stars Chris Messina & Ali Wong, and will open February 7, 2020.