Birds of Prey will be an R-rated affair. Margot Robbie recently revealed the news and DC fans will more than likely be happy that the movie is going in a grittier direction. Robbie and Birds of Prey costume designer Erin Benach also took some time to talk about Harley Quinn's new look in the movie, noting it will be much different from what we saw in 2016's Suicide Squad.
Margot Robbie pitched the idea of Birds of Prey to DC and Warner Bros. as a female-led superhero action movie and they agreed with her vision. "I think there's a perception that a PG female-led action film is kind of considered a chick flick," says Robbie, which is why we're going to see an R-rated version of the story. In addition to starring in the upcoming movie, Robbie is also on board as producer with her LuckyChap production company, so her hands are all over the project. Birds of Prey is LuckyChap's largest project to date at $75 million.
Harley Quinn was introduced on the big screen in 2016's Suicide Squad with Margot Robbie portraying her and creating millions of Halloween costumes in the process. With that being said, there is a different look to her character this time around. Quinn won't be seen as an object of desire this time around and that was very much done on purpose. "That's what happens when you have a female producer, director, writer," says Birds of Prey costume designer Erin Benach. Robbie added, "Yeah, it's definitely less male gaze-y." Robbie had discussed how uncomfortable her outfits were for Suicide Squad, so that has all been altered for the upcoming movie.
While Suicide Squad was a hit at the box office and it brought Harley Quinn into the mainstream, it was heavily criticized by fans and critics. One of the main problems people had was the over-sexualization of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn with shots that hung on her backside and accentuated her skimpy outfits. The character spent most of the movie pining over the Joker, which is not going to be the case in Birds of Prey. Robbie has gone out of her way to do something different with the Harley Quinn persona.
Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th, 2020. The movie is directed by Cathy Yan from a screenplay by Christina Hodson. The movie stars Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn}, Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Black Canary), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress), Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya), Chris Messina (Victor Zsasz), Ella Jay Basco (Cassandra Cain), and Ewan McGregor (Black Mask). It has yet to be confirmed, but it is believed Robbie will be back as Quinn in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which should be going into production soon. You can check out the rest of the interview with Robbie over at Vogue.