Coming Soon: Birds of Prey

Becky Aurit

Last Awards season DC proved that there was some fun to be had in the DC Extended Universe, with the success of James Wan's "Aquaman." Will DC be able to find more of that magic this Awards season? Margot Robbie is back as Harley Quinn in "Birds of Prey," and is doing her best to bring some fresh, new energy to Gotham City.

One of the first scenes in the trailer for "Birds of Prey" shows Harley cutting off her trademark blue and pink hair. It is revealed that she has broken up with the Joker, which is something that I couldn't be happier about. I'm not a comic reader, so seeing Robbie play an independent Harley, rather than one who is stuck in a toxic relationship, is refreshing.

If "Birds of Prey" does well, it will be because of the acting's skills of Robbie and her fellow Birds, including Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell). Even my 90s favorite Rosie Perez is part of the gang of female vigilantes, as the character Renee Montoya.

Ewan McGregor also appears in the trailer as the Gotham villain Black Mask, and seems to be having a good time playing and over-the-top evil character. "Doctor Sleep" may have been a snooze, but I am not ready to write-off a McGregor-naissance yet.

The styling of "Birds of Prey" definitely is inspired by the 80s. Harley wears bright clothing, including a hot pink sports bra and a multicolored neon jacket. Her pet hyena, which is apparently a comic reference, wears a pretty pink studded collar. At one point Robbie's character even hangs into a car while wearing roller skates, a classic 80s movie teen move.

"Birds of Prey" comes to theaters the weekend of February 7-9. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing the new and improved Harley Quinn on the big screen.

Watch the trailer for "Birds of Prey" on YouTube

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