SLAY BELLES: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HARLEY QUINN AND BFFs IN BIRDS OF PREY

Margot Robbie is back ruffling feathers as Harley Quinn from 7 February, and with Joker a thing of the past, she’s got herself some new super-powered friends to play with.

Find out who they are and so much more as we carve up Birds Of Prey – in ODEON cinemas from next week.


Margot Robbie returns as the fantabulous Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey. See the film in ODEON cinemas from 7 February.

1. A show-stopping turn from Margot Robbie

 

Fantabulous performance after fantabulous performance – from The Wolf Of Wall Street to Bombshell – have elevated the Australian actress to Hollywood’s top table.

So when she asked, “Miss Me?” on her Instagram account in January last year, while dressed as Harley Quinn, the answer was a resounding YES. Robbie’s bad-girl-with-bunches was the best thing about 2016’s Suicide Squad and you can expect another hilarious and decidedly unhinged acting masterclass when Birds Of Prey, hits ODEON cinemas on 7 February.


Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis/Black Mask interrogates Harley Quinn, as his terrifying enforcer Victor Zsasz looks on in Birds Of Prey.

2. Not one but two great villains...

 

If you’ve seen the Birds Of Prey teaser and trailers, you’ll know that Harley and Joker have split up. But that doesn’t mean this ace comic-book caper is short of a bad boy. Far from it. Although we’re used to seeing him in heroic roles, it turns out that Ewan McGregor is a helluva villain.

As Gotham crime-lord Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask) he oozes both privilege and menace, while his serial-killing sidekick, Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina), will give you sleepless nights. This twisted henchman carves a mark on his body every time he kills. Seriously, what the heck?


3. Squad goals to die for

 

For her spin-off adventure, Robbie was given the choice between a team-up with the Gotham City Sirens, made up of comic book icons Harley, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, or the lesser-known Birds Of Prey.

She chose the Birds Of Prey, saying: “With Birds Of Prey, you can pick any grouping for that, and I thought that might be the perfect platform to introduce some female characters who might really have some legs in the DC universe.” 


Margot Robbie gives another show-stopping performance as bad-girl-in- bunches Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey. See this DC comic-book caper in ODEON cinemas from 7 February.

4. Harley Quinn as she was meant to be seen!

 

Unusually for a comic-book movie, Birds Of Prey has received an R rating in the United States and the equivalent ’15’ in the UK. “A lot of the characters that exist in the DC world, to be honest, are quite dark,” explains Robbie. “And I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be liberating if we didn’t have to worry about any of that?’ and really go for it!” And go for it they do!

Aided by the full-force, female-heavy Birds Of Prey soundtrack, there’s John Wick-esque violence, curse words aplenty and a refusal to shy away from hot-button issues.


Director Cathy Yan with Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya) on the set of Birds Of Prey.

5. More laughs (and light) than your usual DC flick

 

DC comic-book movies are famously sepia-soaked affairs, where Billionaires Brood and Supermen suffer. Not so Birds Of Prey. Amidst the murder and mayhem, there are giggles galore (case in point: Harley reenacting the scene from Lady And The Tramp with her newly adopted hyena). We also see a side to Gotham City that we haven’t seen before.

It’s Harley Quinn’s world. It’s a little scrappier, it’s a little more outer borough. On top of that, I also wanted to make sure that it felt heightened and colourful. It’s gritty, but at the same time, people are having fun.” explains director Cathy Yan.


Margot Robbie is back ruffling feathers as Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey – and she’s brought her bat!

6. More Harley Quinn movies

 

If the first Birds Of Prey reactions are to be believed, then the movie is an absolute riot. A colourful, chaotic kaleidoscope of violent, sweary fun that’s “less comic-book film and more Quentin Tarantino”, with Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor taking turns to steal the show.

All of which should mean that the Harley Quinn sequels rumoured to be in the pipeline definitely get the green light. Gotham City Sirens next, maybe? Yes please!


Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn – in ODEON cinemas from 7 February.

With Batman absent without leave, newly single Harley Quinn must team up with super-powered gal pals Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl named Cassandra Cain from notorious Gotham City kingpin, Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask).