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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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!