Warner Bros. Pictures has staked its claim on February 7, 2020, that’s when the studio will release the upcoming DC film “Birds of Prey”. The new DC installment will compete with the animated-comedies “Loud House” from Paramount Pictures and Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2”.
The film will star Margot Robbie, who will bring her “Suicide Squad” character, Harley Quinn, front and center for her own spinoff. The film is being produced by Margot Robbie, Sue Kroll, and Bryan Unkeless. The story will be based on the DC Comics characters created by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Chuck Dixon from DC Comics. While Margot Robbie has already been in a DC film, “Birds of Prey” will have to introduce Black Canary/Dinah Laurel to the DC Universe. The character was portrayed by Katie Cassidy in the CW series “Arrow” but a new Black Canary is currently on-screen with Juliana Harkavy in the role. The film is also expected to introduce the Huntress, or Helena Bertinelli, another character shown on CW’s “Arrow” that was played by Jessica De Gouw. Other castings will be confirmed when the film goes into production, which could start early next year. Early rumors are that “Black Mask,” one of Batman’s most iconic villains, will be the antagonist in the film.
“Suicide Squad” premiered at number-one back in 2016 with a $133M opening weekend. Despite mixed reviews from fans and critics, the film was a fantastic financial success for the studio. “Suicide Squad” made over $325M domestically and over $746M worldwide while in theaters. That DC project was written and directed by David Ayer, and featured Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevigne, Viola Davis, Scott Eastwood, Joel Kinnaman, Common, Jay Hernandez, and Adam Beach.
Warner Bros. Pictures‘ “Birds of Prey” will be directed by Cathy Yan, working from a script written by Christina Hodson, who is also working on the film “Batgirl”.