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Birds of Prey Director Says It’s NOT a ‘Team-Up’ Movie

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) director Cathy Yan says the upcoming DCEU project is not a ‘team-up’ movie.

The director of Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) says the upcoming DC film is not really a “team-up” movie. Starring Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor, Birds of Prey finally brings the comic book series of the same name to the big screen in live-action.

One thing that has been made clear about Birds of Prey is it is moving far away from The Suicide Squad. Not only is it a completely new narrative, but Quinn even states she has broken up with The Joker in the new film’s trailer, leaving all connections to the 2016 DC project behind. Despite Robbie being front and center of the marketing, and a prominent voice in the trailer, Birds of Prey is not Harley Quinn’s film. The film feels a little different, as it does not fall into the ‘Chosen One’ trope, or have one savior, one villain.  During a recent set visit, Screen Rant had an opportunity to discuss this matter with director Cathy Yan.

With Harley Quinn being an integral part of this story, the approach and shades of grey within Birds of Prey do make sense. As Yan pointed out in her interview, “Harley herself is an antihero, so sometimes, she’s really good and really heroic, and sometimes she’s terrible and irresponsible, and can do a lot of harm. She’s such a complicated character, so all of the characters in the film are too.”