The upcoming Birds of Prey movie has officially been titled, and “Birds of Prey”… are only the first few words.
Margot Robbie hit Instagram a few weeks ago with a picture of the front page of the screenplay, which was written by Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson. The “Birds of Prey” title was printed on the cover, and underneath it, scribbled in pen, was the bracket addition of “(and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)”. Unsurprisingly, many assumed Robbie had simply shared a cheeky pic of the regular script with her own little addition.
But, that’s the actual title of the DC film: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). It’s now up on IMDB and the Aussie actress has confirmed as much on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
As to why, well, the R-rated (US classification) film is shaping up to be fun and they wanted to suggest as much. “It’s not a very serious movie, so we thought the title should reflect that,” Robbie told Fallon. “Birds of Prey makes it sound very serious and that kind of — that’s kind of like Harley adding, ‘Hey, don’t worry I’m in this too!’”
Of course, people will be calling it Birds of Prey anyway. The title brings to mind Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which everyone just called Birdman and ended up winning Best Picture. Robbie brings up the title of Swedish film The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared; “… You should watch it,” Robbie suggests, and she’s right.
Directed by newcomer Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs), Birds of Prey (etc) will be focusing on female DC characters Harley Quinn (Robbie), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) as they take on villain Black Mask, to be played by Ewan McGregor.