How Birds Of Prey Flipped The Script On Superhero Movies On Camera And Behind The Scenes

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is just weeks away from dropping. With it, we have t really appreciate just how badass this movie is. It’s not only stars a bunch of badass ladies, it was made by them as well.

Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn and produces the film, said that it was an organic yet conscious choice to get the best female talent possible.

“There’s more women in front [of] and behind the camera than any movie I’d worked on, which is pretty incredible. It was partly a conscious decision, but it also always felt like the organic, right choice to make.”

Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) directs the film from a script written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). Both of them, rather than focus on the big picture, decided to ground the film by focusing on the fractured women that make up the Birds, led by Harley.

Hodson said, “Harley’s never just saving the world for no reason. There’s always something complicated and messy and sticky and character-driven behind it.”

With Mr. J out of Harley’s life for good, Hodson said that the film focuses on Harley “in her fully glory”.

In order to give the women of the Birds there own sense of roundedness and messiness, Yan looked to films such as Bridesmaids.

“They’re still aspirational and cool, [but] the characters were drawn to be flawed women.”

Not too mention that, but designer Erin Benach, who did the costumes of the film from Harley’s caution tape jacket to Black Canary’s (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) badass club dress, wanted it to feel like things a women would pick.

Benach said, “In my dreamiest of dreams, what would want me and a gang of girlfriends to wear to kick butt?”

Damn right it’s stuff we want to wear when we go kick bad guy butt.

Birds of Prey will be released on Feb. 7.

Bec Heim