Appearing at the US-China Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles last night, filmmaker Cathy Yan discussed her plans for the upcoming “Birds of Prey” film at Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics.
First up, don’t expect any confusion like there was with “Venom” – this movie is making it clear from the start it is definitely aiming for an R-rating. Lead star Margot Robbie was said to be adamant about that detail when she first pitched the idea to Warners and Yan now re-affirms that, but to date Warners has yet to release an R-rated theatrical cut of any of their DC films.
Yan, the first female Asian director to ever helm a superhero film, spoke about scoring the gig and her fondness for the script:
“I did my homework. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was relatively painless and straightforward. I immediately loved the script and it felt like something I could really do, and it felt very much like my own voice. I could not put the script down, it had so much dark humor to it which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relatable.
So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room, that somehow magically in terms of timing and luck that this opportunity was open to me and I was definitely going to make the best of it.”
The film stars Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The key role of Cassandra Cain has yet to be cast, with the film slated to open February 7th 2020.