Cathy Yan’s upcoming DC Comics adaptation “Birds of Prey” centers on some of the core female characters of the DC universe, offering a more feminine take on a team-up of bad girls taking on worse criminals than them.
The big bad in this case is Ewan McGregor’s Roman Sionis, aka. famed Batman villain Black Mask. McGregor recently spoke with Premiere Magazine (via CBM) about the project, saying what drew him in was how the film deals with a feminist point of view:
“What interested me with Birds of Prey is that it’s a feminist film. It is very finely written. There is in the script a real look at misogyny, and I think we need that. We need to be more aware of how we behave with the opposite sex. We need to be taught to change.
Misogynists in movies are often extreme: they rape, they beat women and it is legitimate to represent people like that, because they exist and they are obviously the worst. But in the Birds of Prey dialogue, there is always a hint of everyday misogyny, of those things you say as a man you do not even realize, mansplaining and it’s in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant.”
The comments follow on from the film’s first trailer which launched the other week with complaints mostly going to its heavy focus on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn at the expense of the other female characters who were barely glimpsed.
“Birds of Prey” is set to be released in cinemas on February 7th 2020.