Batman may have a lot of villains in his rogue gallery, but many of those A-list villains have appeared as different versions in all of the known film franchises. That being said, the current DCEU is building around the Batman family, which would, in turn, allow it to use other Batman villains that may not appear in the Caped Crusader’s films. Now, new reports confirm that Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, will be the main villain of the Birds Of Prey film that is currently under development with Warner Bros. and DC Films. More on the story below.
According to The Wrap, Birds Of Prey will mark Black Mask’s big-screen debut. Though the character may not be an A-lister like that of The Joker, Two-Face, Bane, or Penguin, he is still very much a force to be reckoned with. Born into wealth, Sionis saw his family empire crumble. But from the ashes, Sionis built a criminal empire and adopted the Black Mask moniker by wearing a literal black mask.
While Black Mask is a Batman villain, having him appear in Birds Of Prey is a very interesting move. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is a Batman villain, and her involvement in Birds of Prey could hint at an untold story of the DCEU. Maybe Black Mask hired Joker and Harley to do a job, and they reneged on the deal. Or maybe they just failed. And now Sionis is looking to get his revenge. Of course, that is just pure speculation on my part.
But what works here is that Black Mask is not exactly a top-tier villain. That’s not to say that Birds of Prey deserve scraps. But they have someone to fight against that the audience has never seen before, at least on the big screen. Plus, some might not even be familiar with who Black Mask is. By having Black Mask as a villain, we get to to see Birds Of Prey be the central focus of the movie. Of course, that all depends on whether or not they try to shoehorn in those annoying Easter eggs. But let’s hope that’s not the plan. Still, if the idea was to have a Batman villain in the film, Black Mask is the perfect choice.
Directed by Cathy Yan, using a script written by Christina Hodson, film sees Robbie reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn. Her character will be joined by Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, and a young Cassandra Cain.
No release date has been set yet.
[Source: The Wrap]