If we were to judge a film solely on the basis of its title, then Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) sounds absolutely batshit crazy.
That’s because the DC female heroine ensemble will actually be called by the aforementioned title. More on the report below.
Margot Robbie posted an image of the new title that appears on the first page of the screenplay written by Christina Hodson. Although (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) may look like it was scribbled on to make for a good Instagram post, THR says that the title is, in fact, very real.
Here’s the post:
Now the new title could be some sort of nod to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) starring Michael Keaton. There’s really no telling. Keaton was the first Batman to appear on the big screen. So it could be some wild connection. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen. But the new title does give us a clue about Harley Quinn’s new direction.
Harley is best known to be the love interest of the Joker. At the same time, she is also a victim of his abuse – though there are times where she does retaliate, she seems to crawl back to him. The obvious unhealthy relationship looks like it comes to an end in Birds of Prey, as noted by the addition of Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. Even THR points out the moment Harley breaks free from Joker’s grip on her from Harley Quinn Vol. 2 #25. Here’s what Harley says to Joker:
“I hate ya for what ya bring out in me,” [Harley] tells him as the two fight. “I’m not yer toy anymore. Unnerstand? You did mean somethin’ ta me one time, but that time is over.”
So the film could reflect that moment and at the same time lay down the foundation for her own franchise as the DCEU is being rebooted.
In the film, a group of heroines in Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) must help protect Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), who has stolen a very valuable diamond from Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) arrives in theaters on February 7, 2020.