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Birds of Prey Explores How Harley Quinn Moves on From Joker After Suicide Squad

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Fans are going crazy over Harley Quinn’s next entry into the DC Extended Universe. Birds of Prey is not a sequel to Suicide Squad, it’s a parallel story of Harley Quinn after the events of Suicide Squad. Joker and Quinn break up and Quinn needs a master to work under. Birds of Prey will introduce Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya who will team up with Harley Quinn to save a young girl from Black Mask. Many rumors did the rounds about Birds of Prey being an R-Rated movie, which I’m pretty sure will be.

The director of the movie, Cathy Yan told ScreenRant about the movie and how it centers Harley Quinn and her life choices,

It’s really Harley’s story, as well as all of these women’s stories. And in a way their stories kind of echo each other. So when our title includes ‘The Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ that is essentially the story that she goes on. We find her basically without the Joker at the beginning of the film, and through the film, she learns that she doesn’t need anyone but herself. She doesn’t necessarily make friends with the other women, but they come together, and through that they all sort of emancipate themselves throughout the film. And of course, a really important relationship is her relationship with little Cass, as well.

Margot Robbie thought about the relationship between Harley Quinn and Joker, which was unexplored in Suicide Squad. The character got lucky and is getting a movie about it. Margot Robbie said the following in a press set visit this year.

The first film is that her relationship with Joker always did confuse me the most. That was the thing that took me the longest to get my head around. In this film though we’re exploring her not being with Joker. And I actually understand the break-up. That’s something I feel like everyone can kind of understand and relate to in some ways. Though she deals with–like she blows things up, I don’t do that. I understand the motivation that spurred on that train of thought.

Robbie also said about the effects of break up on Harley Quinn and how her personality gets a hit.

I think something I explored a lot in Suicide Squad, the first film, was Harley’s co-dependence with the Joker. And obviously, he has a huge influence on her. But, obviously, she was very much in a relationship with him when we first saw Harley onscreen in Suicide Squad. And I did want to explore what is the version of Harley out of a relationship, and whether she’s out of a relationship on her own accord or he’s kind of kicked her to the curb. But it still affects her, but in a very different way. And I thought we’d see a very different facet of her personalities. Personalities, I would say. Because I think she has multiple.

Birds of Prey is releasing on February 13, 2020. The movie is directed by Cathy Yan. Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell will be seen as Black Canary, Ewan McGregor will be playing Black Mask.

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