The week has barely started and superhero fans have already been treated to two bits of promotional material for the upcoming film Birds of Prey, which is based on the DC Comics all-female team.
Aussie starlet Margot Robbie shared a peek at her new incarnation of Harley Quinn on Instagram, along with the line “Miss me? HQ”.
Warner Brothers also released a 19-second teaser trailer which shows a montage of the movie’s main characters including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor.
In my opinion, the teaser looks cheap and unimaginative as hell, but fans are drooling over it anyway.
The movie started production earlier this month and is set to be released in February 2020. Cathy Yan is directing from a script by Christina Hodson, who had a hit with 2018’s Transformers prequel, Bumblebee.
“Birds of Prey” refers to a female-led superhero team in the DC universe that has existed in various iterations since its debut in the mid-90s. Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress are usually at the core and joined by a huge cast of recurring characters that includes Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Katana, Vixen, Power Girl and more.
The comic has previously been adapted to other media with mixed success, most notably a short-lived TV series in the early 2000s and appearances in the video game Injustice 2 and the CW series Arrow.
The movie’s full title is Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and so far we don’t know how it will tie in (if at all) with the 2016’s Suicide Squad or the rest of DC’s cinematic universe.