Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), or simply Birds of Prey, is a 2020 American superhero film based on the DC Comics team Birds of Prey. It is the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe, and both a follow-up to and spin-off of Suicide Squad (2016). It was directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, and stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, and Ewan McGregor. The film follows Harley Quinn as she joins forces with Helena Bertinelli, Dinah Lance, and Renee Montoya to save Cassandra Cain from Gotham City crime lord Black Mask.
Robbie, who also serves as producer, pitched the idea for Birds of Prey to Warner Bros. in 2015. The film was announced in May 2016, with Hodson being hired to write the script that November, while Yan signed on to direct in April 2018. The majority of the cast and crew were confirmed by December 2018. Principal photography lasted from January to April 2019 in Downtown Los Angeles, parts of the Arts District, Los Angeles, and soundstages at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Additional filming took place in September 2019.
Birds of Prey is the first DCEU film and the second DC Films production to be rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. The film had its world premiere in Mexico City on January 25, 2020, and was theatrically released in the United States in IMAX, Dolby Cinema and 4DX on February 7, 2020 and has grossed $81.3 million worldwide. The film received praise from critics for its visual style, Yan’s direction, and the performances of Robbie and McGregor, but criticism for the screenplay.
|Directed by||Cathy Yan|
|Produced by||Margot RobbieBryan UnkelessSue Kroll|
|Written by||Christina Hodson|
|Based on||Birds of Prey|
by Jordan B. Gorfinkel
Chuck DixonHarley Quinn
by Paul Dini
|Starring||Margot RobbieMary Elizabeth WinsteadJurnee Smollett-BellRosie PerezChris MessinaElla Jay BascoAli WongEwan McGregor|
|Music by||Daniel Pemberton|
|Edited by||Jay CassidyEvan Schiff|
|DC FilmsLuckyChap EntertainmentKroll & Co. EntertainmentClubhouse Pictures|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date||January 25, 2020 (Mexico City)February 7, 2020 (United States)|
|Running time||109 minutes|
|Box office||$81.3 million|
It’s open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women — Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya.