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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn [2020] (1 disc)

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Director:Cathy Yan
Writer:Bruce Timm
Christina Hodson
Paul Dini
Composer:Daniel Pemberton
Length:109 minutes
(1 hour 49 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.


Reaction: Exciting and fun. Could have been done without the R rating, but it could be worse.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Cathy Yan => Director
Bruce Timm => Writer
Christina Hodson => Writer
Paul Dini => Writer
Daniel Pemberton => Composer
Ali Wong => Ellen Yee
Bruno Oliver => Bodega Cook (Sal)
Charlene Amoia => Maria Bertinelli
Chris Messina => Victor Zsasz
Daniel Bernhardt => Sionis' Chauffeur
Dennis Keiffer => Mercenary (as Dennis Kieffer)
Ella Jay Basco => Cassandra Cain
Ewan McGregor => Roman Sionis
François Chau => Mr. Keo
Jurnee Smollett => Black Canary (as Jurnee Smollett-Bell) / Dinah Lance
Margot Robbie => Harley Quinn
Mary Elizabeth Winstead => Helena Bertinelli / The Huntress
Richard King => Mercedes Gang
Robert Catrini => Stefano Galante
Rosie Perez => Renee Montoya
Sala Baker => Prisoner
Steven Williams => Captain Patrick Erickson

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jurnee Smollett and Ella Jay Basco's Uncle/Godfather Dante had worked with the late Robin Williams in 1996's Jack and 1991's Hook respectively. Williams was considered early on for the role of The Riddler in Batman Forever.
  • Before having the part for Huntress, Mary Elizabeth Winstead was considered for the role of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).
  • Before Ewan McGregor was cast as Black Mask, Nicolas Cage, Sharlto Copley and Sam Rockwell were considered to play Black Mask. Rockwell passed on the role, but was considered the "archetype" for the casting.
  • The egg sandwich that is made for Harley Quinn is not made with chicken eggs, but instead with duck eggs, as Margot Robbie is allergic to chicken egg whites (she gets migraines from them).
  • The Penguin was originally intended to be the main antagonist of the movie, but was scrapped due to his appearance in The Batman (2021) portrayed by Colin Farrell.
  • Jurnee Smollett does her own singing in the film.
  • Dinah Lance - aka Black Canary - has inherited her powers from her mother. This is a nod to the comics, where Black Canary remained active and youthful for so long that DC retconned there to have been two: a mother and a daughter, both named Dinah.
  • It has been rumored that Birds of Prey (2020) will be the second movie of a "Harley Quinn Trilogy". The first movie was Suicide Squad (2016) and the third movie is to be Gotham City Sirens.
  • Renee is the first canonically gay character in either a Marvel or DC movie and when we're introduced to her ex-girlfriend (played by Ali Wong) it's a nice nod to the queer history of the character who once dated Kate Kane's Batwoman.
  • When Bruno Oliver booked the role of short order cook Sal he had no idea how significant Sal and his breakfast sandwich were to the story. "You couldn't tell from the audition necessarily and as actors, we always worry about our scenes being cut," Oliver notes. "I really didn't understand the place the egg sandwich had in the movie until I saw it."
  • Both Lady Shiva and Katana were rumored to be in the film. Karen Fukuhara would have reprised her role as Katana from Suicide Squad (2016).
  • Cathy Yan is the first Asian woman to direct a superhero movie. She is second woman to direct a DC film after Patty Jenkins.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead's casting was praised, because she resembles the character. It also helps that she's a popular choice in many a comic book fan-casting for years since Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).
  • At one point, Harley suffers a concussion and dreams herself into a classic musical interlude in which she plays Marilyn Monroe singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." The whole thing is an homage to 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In amusingly meta touch, this isn't the first time Ewan McGregor has appeared in an adaptation of that number. It was also featured in Moulin Rouge!, with McGregor's character falling in love with Nicole Kidman's Satine during the song, Nicole Kidman was in Batman Forever (1995). She played a psychiatrist.
  • Before Mary Elizabeth Winstead was cast, [?] Cristin Milioti, [?] Margaret Qualley, and Sofia Boutella were rumored to be in the running for the role of Huntress. Previously, Alexandra Daddario had been rumored as well.
  • Before Jurnee Smollett was cast, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and [?] Janelle Monáe were rumored to be in the running for Black Canary. Previously, Vanessa Kirby, [?] Jodie Comer, and Blake Lively were rumored as well.
  • [?] Peyton Elizabeth Lee was rumored for the role of Cassandra Cain.
  • John Leguizamo had discussions for the part of Victor Zsasz before Chris Messina was cast.
  • Lady Gaga was offered a lead role in the film, but she turned down the offer.