With less than a month to go, Birds of Prey has gotten a second trailer giving us a better idea as to what we can expect. Gotham’s worst brings out their best. Meet Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain.
You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, alongside Mary ElizabethWinstead as Huntress; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya; Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz; and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut.
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, the film is based on characters from DC Comics.
Joker is less than a month of way but we’re already looking forward to the next film based on DC Comics properties, Birds of Prey, aka Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.
The movies is based on the DC property that brought together numerous female heroes for a kick-ass group.
The film stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli/Huntress, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Dinah Lance/Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya who will be going up against Ewan McGregor as Black Mask and Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz. Ella Jay Basco is also listed as Cassandra Cain. The film is directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson. Chuck Dixon, Jordan B. Gorfinkel, and Greg Land are credited on the comics side.
A new Youtube channel called CheekySneakyPeeky (which joined on January 25) has posted up a video that looks to be a teaser for the upcoming film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
This is on top of a first look at Margot Robbie who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn.
Birds of Prey is currently in production and stars Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helen Bertinelli/Huntress, Derek Wilson as Tim Evans, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, Matthew Willig as Happy, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance/Black Canary, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is based of the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley and published by Oni Press. Directed by Edgar Wright and staring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead the movie isn’t a Twilight for boys as some moronic reviewers have suggested, but instead is the first real movie for the Nintendo generation. Throughout the kinetic action sequences and fight scenes and rapid fire banter are references through sounds and visuals that’ll appeal to Generation X.
When boiled down, Scott Pilgrim’s journey is the Legend of Zelda done in comic book form. The less than confident hero must go through levels and defeat bosses to save the girl he likes. Wright knows this and plays off of it perfectly with sounds familiar to 8-bit jockeys including musical cues from Zelda and visual cues from that and more including Super Mario Bros. This is a movie for video game geeks and comic geeks alike. A mish-mash love poem to pop culture for the ADD set.
The downside to the movie is actually the two main members of the cast. Cera is his usual self, the character we’ve seen him play a million times. At moments there’s great line delivery, but for the most part it’s the same old character. Winstead also plays Ramona Flowers a bit aloof, and instead of a confident, strong woman, as I though she was in the comic, we instead get a broken, weak female lead. The rest of the cast is dead on and fit their characters perfectly.
Overall, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the best comic movie adaptation of the year. But, I’m realistic, and if you don’t appreciate 8-bit music or see 1-ups pop up on screen this movie is definitely not for you. As always, the source material is better, but this is a pretty damn good adaptation and one that should be seen on the big screen.