How 'Birds of Prey' Builds Harley Quinn's "Girl Gang", According to Margot Robbie [Set Visit]

Ever since her inception, Harley Quinn has been tied to a man, at some point or another. In her debut in Batman: The Animated Series, she was introduced as the Joker’s henchman and lover, and despite the character’s wild popularity, she’s never really been able to escape that label.

But in Birds of PreyMargot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn finally gets to step out from under the shadow of her “Mistah J.” Newly single and ready to mingle, Harley doesn’t attach herself to a new man, but finds a group of similarly empowered crime-fighting women to build herself a girl gang. And although Harley takes the spotlight in Birds of Prey — which is clear in the subtitle itself, And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn — that girl gang is the core of the the upcoming Warner Bros. comic book movie.

Birds of Prey was initially pitched to Warner Bros. as “Harley Quinn’s R-rated girl gang film,” and Margot Robbie is sticking by that promise. In Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn finds herself assembling a motley crew that includes Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).

And though Robbie is the undeniable star of the picture, the members of the Birds of Prey have received as much spotlight in the trailers, marketing, and posters as Harley Quinn, which is intentional, Robbie told /Film’s Peter Sciretta during a set visit to Birds of Prey. The members are all essential parts of the team, Robbie explained:

Yeah, it’s an eclectic group, which I love – that everyone has a distinct and different personality, and is coming from a different angle, I suppose. You got Renee, whose set of morals… her moral compass points a very different way to Harley’s and Canary’s. Everyone’s kind of got their own rule of ethics that they abide by, and they kind of conflict with each other, which I think is always interesting in an ensemble.

But who is Leon in this situation? “I am,” Robbie responded. Naturally.

Birds of Prey is directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson. The film flies into theaters on February 7, 2020.

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