Things Only True Fans Noticed In The Birds of Prey Trailer


Birds of Prey is being described as a “girl
gang” movie set in the DC cinematic universe, following Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn as
she takes Gotham City on her own terms. Now that we’ve seen the film’s first trailer,
we know more than ever about why these birds are flocking together. As a character, Harley Quinn has largely been
defined by her toxic relationship with the Joker. That was certainly the case in 2016’s Suicide
Squad, but she’s leaving her Puddin’ behind in Cathy Yan’s new movie. The “Fantabulous Emancipation” part of the
title refers to the fact that Harley Quinn has broken up with the Joker, and she confirms
as much in the trailer. We see Robbie’s character chopping off the
pink and blue-tinged tips of her hair in one shot, and this isn’t just a play on the fact
that people often enjoy a makeover after a breakup. Harley Quinn’s hair was a big part of her
costume in Suicide Squad, and having Robbie cut it off is seemingly symbolic of the character
moving on from that much-derided movie. But can she move on from the Joker completely? The opening shot of the trailer sees Harley
Quinn and her new sidekick Cassandra Cain walking down a deserted road with the bright
lights of Gotham’s cityscape in the background, but the purple light in the foreground seems
to suggest that her experiences in the Joker’s colorful, club-lit world are still following
her for the time being. One of the standout moments from the first
Birds of Prey trailer sees Harley Quinn lying in what appears to be her own apartment throwing
knives at a crude picture of her ex that she’s pinned to the wall. The drawing resembles Jared Leto’s Joker,
though Harley neglected to draw on his tacky forehead tattoo. Yeah, you remember that thing. Suicide Squad director David Ayer attempted
to make his version of the Joker stand out from the rest by giving him plenty of ink
and a shiny mouth grill for good measure. But he later admitted that having the word
“damaged” tattooed across the Joker’s forehead was kind of one step too far. He wrote on Twitter, “In my mind it was meant for Batman after
he smashed Joker’s teeth for killing Jason Todd, [but] some people found it alienating.” For us, this toning down of the Joker’s worst
excesses seems like another instance of Birds of Prey distancing itself from Suicide Squad,
even though we likely wouldn’t be getting this movie at all if that one hadn’t first
laid the groundwork for Harley’s most fantabulous emancipation. Dinah Lance, a.k.a Black Canary is one of
the original members of the Birds of Prey in DC’s “New 52” continuity, and the Birds
of Prey movie seems to be taking inspiration from this version of the character, who’s
being portrayed on screen by Jurnee Smollett-Bell. Lance appears early in the trailer, chatting
with Harley over a drink. It seems like this may be a scene of Dinah
being recruited onto Harley’s new team. We see several snippets of Lance performing
onstage during the trailer, which won’t come as a surprise to DC fans. In the comics, the character fronts a band
named Black Canary, and DC has even overseen the production and release of real music by
the fictional group. This being a comic book universe, she also
doubles as a crimefighter. Her signature metahuman superpower is her
sonic scream, known as the Canary Cry, which is an incapacitating sound that leaves her
enemies helpless. Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that the
movie version will have this power, too. In the trailer, we see a martini glass start
to shake as the vigilante sings on stage, but we cut away before she hits the high note. Ewan McGregor is playing the big bad in Birds
of Prey. His character, Roman Sionis, goes by Black
Mask in the comics because he wears, you guessed it, a black mask. “Yeah, that’s…that’s what that means.” McGregor’s version of the character won’t
be totally comic book accurate when it comes to appearance. On the page, his mask is burned into his skin
so severely that it’s actually indistinguishable from his actual face. Adding some extra “grim dark-ness” is the
fact that the mask’s material was carved from his mother’s coffin. Considering we see plenty of McGregor’s face
in the trailer, that clearly isn’t the case here, but there is some subtle foreshadowing
about the look Sionis may adopt. In the comics, this Gotham mob boss is known
for being mentally unstable, and it appears as though McGregor’s Black Mask will share
that trait. At one point, we see him in a state of clear
distress. Just over his shoulder, a figure with a black
face looms large. Could this be the moment that Sionis goes
full villain and becomes the Black Mask that Harley Quinn and her crew will have to take
out? One thing we know for sure is that he has
a fascination with Harley, and one way or another, he’s in the way of her full “emancipation.” “Miss Quinn? She belongs to me.” Sticking with the villains, there’s a shot
of Sionis talking to Victor Zsasz, a psychotic serial killer from the comics. This won’t be his first movie appearance,
he was a supporting villain in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, escaping from Arkham
Asylum during Scarecrow and Ra’s al Ghul’s short-lived reign of terror. He’s also been seen in the Gotham TV series
as a right-hand man in Carmine Falcone’s crime syndicate, and it appears as though he’ll
be doing the same thing in Birds of Prey. The version of Mr. Zsasz being portrayed by
Chris Messina looks different from those that came before him, but DC fans can likely figure
out who he is from his scars. Zsasz was born to a wealthy family, but after
he lost his parents in an accident he fell into a deep depression and squandered his
fortune. He went down a dark path and became a serial
killer, making a cut on his arm to mark his first victim…and he didn’t stop there. The comic book character has hundreds of scars
on his body, keeping a tally of all the people he’s killed. Does Harley Quinn have a pair of pet hyenas? Of course she has a pair of pet hyenas, and
we get a good look at one of them in the first trailer. Like Harley Quinn herself, Bud and Lou, named
after legendary comedy duo Abbott and Costello, make their debut in Batman: The Animated Series,
but would later cross over to DC’s comics. At one stage both were stolen by thieves who
attempted to auction them off, but Quinn located her babies and put an end to the racket. It looks as though a version of this will
play out in the movie. Quinn previously has been shown acquiring
Bud and Lou during a raid of the Gotham Zoo, but in the Birds of Prey trailer, she appears
to get at least one of her hyenas from some kind of exotic animal dealer. In a later shot, the animal runs at the dealer
who, we can only assume, meets a violent end. In one of the trailer’s standout shots, Quinn
shares what looks like a piece of candy with her new pet, Lady and the Tramp style. There’s a musical feel to the Birds of Prey
trailer. Not only do we see Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s
Black Canary performing at a club that seems to be important to the plot. It seems pretty clear that it’s owned by Ewan
McGregor’s Black Mask, who asks patrons if they’re having a good time, but Harley Quinn
herself has a song and dance number in which she channels Marilyn Monroe’s performance
of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, though
it’s a much darker version. Quinn has a typically deranged look on her
face during the routine, and the suited men surrounding her all wear black masks. We know that Sionis has a thing for Quinn,
could he convince her to start working for him at the club? Harley goes through a number of costume changes
in the trailer, none of which are as ridiculously revealing as her Suicide Squad outfit, but
we can’t see her agreeing to wear this particular getup. This scene is most likely some kind of dream
or nightmare sequence, inspired by her fear of the film’s antagonist. If that’s true, however, it obviously won’t
last. As Harley puts it in the trailer, “I’m the one they should be scared of!” She isn’t known for being a member of the
Birds of Prey in the comics, but Renée Montoya, played by Rosie Perez, looks like she’ll fit
right in to the movie squad. On the page, the character starts out as a
no-nonsense cop, but she ends up quitting the Gotham City Police Department when she
grows tired of the corruption. Judging from one of the shots we see of her
in the trailer, she’s going to leave the force pretty early in the movie; she can be seen
walking though a room full of male cops with a box under her arm, seemingly having cleared
out her desk. In the comics, Montoya eventually takes on
the moniker the Question, originally used by an investigative journalist who sought
to end corruption by any means necessary. She’s also known for being openly gay, though
there’s nothing in the first full Birds of Prey trailer to suggest that aspect of her
character just yet. Her superhero costume isn’t quite as purple
as it is in the comics, but a few small things in the Birds of Prey trailer suggest Mary
Elizabeth Winstead’s Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a Huntress, will be somewhat faithful to the
source material. Some of the details are more obvious than
others; she’s going to ride a motorcycle and wield a crossbow, for example. In the comics, Helena, a so-called “mafia
princess” of the Bertinelli crime family, was taken in by her Sicilian aunt and uncle
after her family was massacred, and they taught her archery among other skills that she’d
later put to use as a vigilante in Gotham. Another Huntress character trait is that she’s
a deeply religious person. This leads us to believe that the third shot
in the trailer, of a woman praying in a church, is Bertinelli. We only see her from behind, but at this early
stage in the trailer the ladies that will become the Birds of Prey are clearly being
introduced, and DC fans have been able to figure this one out. In a later shot, a woman wearing what appears
to be the same modest outfit is strung upside down alongside two other females by Black
Mask, so she appears to have previous contact with the villain prior to hooking up with
Harley Quinn and the gang. In the comics, Cassandra Cain is a member
of the Bat-family, at one point taking on the mantle of Batgirl. But the version of Cassandra we see in the
Birds of Prey trailer seems pretty far removed from the badass she is on the page. In DC’s comics, Cain is a talented martial
artist, raised by assassin parents who taught her how to fight instead of teaching her how
to speak. But Ella Jay Basco’s version of the character
can clearly talk in the film’s first trailer, so we know that she won’t be mute in the movie. The big-screen Cassandra Cain must have something
about her, however, because Black Mask appears to be after her for some reason. The plot of Birds of Prey seems like it revolves
around the team protecting Cain from the ruthless crime lord by any means necessary, with the
youngster becoming a reluctant sidekick to Harley Quinn along the way. “Oh, you’re that psycho chick.” “You never call a woman a chick.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “Things Only True Fans Noticed In The Birds of Prey Trailer

  1. Troubled anti hero teams up with other heroes in order to protect a kid from villains? Deadpool 2's script says Hello.

  2. I almost don’t wanna see this just because of Jussie Smollett’s sister being in it, as black canary. I don’t wanna support that lying family in any way.

  3. Plot twist Harley Quinn turns black and eats kfc and robs store then gets shot by white policemen and gets sent to the mines and officially turns into a slave which gets whipped every morning

  4. Bruh black canary doesn’t have braids in any comic/ movie/ tv she’s also way more pale and blond, every canary except the one cw arrow canary, has blond hair, Laurel, Diana, you name it.
    Why can’t dc movies get it comicly accurate.
    Either see a custom version of the character for the first time or see a comic accurate character on dccu for the first time (real people wise, not animated)

  5. As a fan of the Birds of Prey… which Harley was NEVER a part of, let alone leading… I am very, very disappointed…

  6. A lot of people are saying somewhat bad things about it and I respect their opinions but I honestly can’t wait for the movie. Seems interesting to me and I really like the character Harley Quinn. Even when a lot of people say she wasn’t in birds of prey, I think it’s a nice change. I won’t judge it till I watch the whole movie because they can always end up changing a few things.

    This is just my opinion no hate.

  7. Shouldn't they establish Harley Quinn and joker more???? I love independent harley, but we know practically nothing about their time together.

  8. Alternate video title idea: "Things only people with functioning eyeballs noticed in the birds of prey trailer"

  9. True fans noticed it's another propaganda filled Feminists movie, Black Canary race swapped for the woke points, The fact that Jussie Smollet's sister is in it and will most likely fake a hate crime in this movie so she can go in the footsteps of her brother as a woke person, And not to forget that they made Black mask Gay cause we need them virtue signaling points.

    This movie will most likely be more filled with political or ideological propaganda instead of being an actual comic book movie. But guess what, Go Woke, Go broke!!! and the marvel comics sure are going broke with their sales.

  10. Waaaaait… if the joker in suicide squad had killed Jason Todd that means we should be getting Red Hood soon and with Red Hood nearly always comes Tim Drake… oh god I hope DC does this!

  11. True fans know that Cassandra Cain is Blask Mask’s daughter in the comic books and that why he is after her. Also if they do not mention who Cassandra’s mother is I am going to be upset

  12. Fans of the the Source Material Noticed Immediately that Harley Quinn isn’t and hasn’t Ever been apart of the Birds of Prey. 2 Cassandra Cain is one of the Top assassins /fighters in the DCEU. Not Only that bieng said DC seems to be Watering down Dope Characters.. that bieng said the no One Seems to be saying how this movie is Alienating cool Characters. If they screw up Cassandra more of the other characters which .won’t surprise me at this point . Cassandra isn’t a Victim < ? I have nothing more to say about this movie

  13. Does anyone else remember the Birds of Prey web toons?
    And I always thought that Birds of Prey TV series from a decade or two ago might could have had some potential to it if it could have survived that is.

  14. I do not understand the need to change the race of an established character. Especially when there are loads of other DC characters that are that race.

  15. This movie is focused on Harley's emancipation… That's why the poison ivy and catwoman characters were left out…

  16. I love Maggie as Harley just not the rest she plays her good but for the look I just don’t get why she can’t be in her jester suit but then again her in booty shorts is good too ima dude ??

  17. …first… FUCK the New 52… second… Black Canary was one of the two original Birds of Prey (along with Oracle) BEFORE the New 52… way back… in the 90's. -.- What was that about "true fans?"
    Why wouldn't Harley wear Marilyn's pink dress? Given that she's actually fairly girly in a lot of ways, I don't see why not. Yeah… apparently Vic Sage's name doesn't need to be mentioned, right? As the original Question? Ugh…

  18. I'm so happy Bud and Lou are in this! But it doesn't look like Cassandra is anywhere near the way her personality should be. Hopefully it's just a case of the trailer not showing enough of the characters. But a good idea to bring back Harley while also building out the DC m movies.

  19. Loved her looks in Suicide Squad , now she looks like a younger version of Courtney Love…and that's not meant positively.

  20. Why oh why does everyone have to have blaring music playing in the background while you are trying to understand what they're saying? If you have to have music, at least make it unobtrusive for Gods sake. Why does no one get this???? <rant off>

  21. Wanna know how breaking up with the joker makes no sense? I know what your gonna say isn’t joker abusive to Harley why wouldn’t she break up with him… watch suicide squad again and looks at all the parts once Harleen becomes Harley Quinn
    He’s not abusive at all in suicide squad

  22. This movie will be garbage. Harley never had hyenas in the Batman animated series, where the character was born. They belonged to the joker. And no Harley has not been around that long she is a by product of the joker. She was made to be his side kick and girlfriend. Harley is nothing without the joker. This movie is already showing the propping up of females characters over male characters just for the sake of females. It will not work. Look at what's happening to these movies. Dark fate, Charles Angel's, and it started in 2016 with ghostbusters. Ppl are getting tired of this stuff. Star wars will feel it next then this movie. Not saying they will completely bomb but ppl will have a problem with the over all product of the movie. I've never been a big fan of Harley. She didn't become popular until she was featured in comics then the Batman video games. That's when she started to pick up traction. And the characters movie appearance in suicide squad, animated and live action really got the character noticed by fan boy and fan girls. Besides some fans being obsessed with her character because they think she is pretty and connected to the joker why does she deserve her own movie? There has always been cool and strong female characters in Batman. Catwoman, poison ivy, spot from beyond one of personal favorite just to name a few. Why don't deserve a movie of their own? Harley isnt that interesting and her biggest hook is shes jokers girlfriend/side kick, but not in this movie. Birds if prey will not do great over all because no one truly wanted a birds of prey movie. I don't read the comics but I don't believe they are that popular so why this movie? Why not put all your efforts into to Batman movie which will be a reboot of the character basically. There will be a new actor playing in the roll and I'm worried about like others. Robert Patton isn't the ideal look of Bruce or bats so the story needs to be really good. We don't need or really want a birds of prey movie. We need a awesome iconic Batman movie. And we actually want one.

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