DC Films' Birds of Prey Sets Official Release Date
The upcoming DC movie has a release date!
Theatrical Release Date Set For Birds of Prey!
Margot Robbie’s untitled female superhero team-up movie Birds of Prey now has an official release date! The film, set to be directed by Cathy Yen, will be released into theaters by Warner Bros. on February 7, 2020, the studio announced, with plans to also release the movie in IMAX. The Birds of Prey project was initially announced ahead of the release of Suicide Squad in summer 2016, with Warner Bros. developing the film with Robbie’s Harley Quinn as the villain and featuring a number of female DC characters, with the likes of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey reportedly also in the mix for the film. The script was penned by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee), who was recently announced to take over scripting duties on DC’s Batgirl solo movie after Joss Whedon’s departure.
Several high profile actresses have been auditioning for key roles, with the Black Canary and Huntress currently up for grabs. Black Mirror and Belle actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is one of the leading contenders for Black Canary with Underground‘s Jurnee Smolett-Bell also competing for the role, and Hidden Figures‘ Janelle Monae in pursuit of the part too. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) are reportedly the leading candidates for Huntress. Robbie herself was the springboard for the project, having fallen for the pantheon of DC’s female characters in her extensive research for the role of Harley Quinn. The Birds of Prey project will now apparently take priority as the next film to feature the popular Quinn character, with production expected to begin by the end of 2018 or early 2019. A Suicide Squad sequel to be directed by Gavin O’Connor is also in active development, but Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s Harley Quinn Vs The Joker romance movie and David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens now appear to be on the backburner.
The Birds of Prey are a mostly female superhero team whose ranks in the DC source material has included Oracle/Batgirl, Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman, Hawkgirl, Power Girl, Poison Ivy, Vixen, and Katana, who appeared opposite Robbie's Harley in Suicide Squad with Karen Fukuhara in the role. DC have multiple movie projects in various stages of development including Aquaman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984, Joker, Birds of Prey, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash, The Batman, Black Adam, New Gods, Nightwing, Batgirl, Supergirl, Deathstroke, Justice League Dark, Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad 2, The Joker, Gotham City Sirens, Harley Quinn and the Joker, Deadshot, Lobo, and Booster Gold & Blue Beetle.