This week sees the release of “Birds of Prey,” the Cathy Yan-directed adaptation of the DC Comics property with various female villains and heroes from that world teaming up for a quite different comic book adaptation.
In August last year, the film made some headlines when word came that “John Wick” co-director Chad Stahelski had been brought in to help with some reshoots, namely to beef up some of the action sequences which his company’s stunt team had been involved with since the beginning.
This led to some speculation Warners may have been unhappy or at least a little nervous about Yan’s relative lack of experience with action helming. Speaking with Collider recently, Yan revealed that Stahelski ultimately just helped out with some second unit stuff:
“He did some of the second unit directing for the reshoots, but also his company – because we were lucky enough to get him, his company 87eleven we’d worked with for the entirety of the shoot, and that’s because I really liked the way they did action. It felt very practical.
Our stunt coordinator Jonathan Eusebio and I really got along and we really love like the old Jackie Chan movies, and the way that those stunts were done and the way that you shoot that kind of action – which is what 87eleven is sort of known for, as well.
So they’d been training our ladies for months, and they did most of their own stunt work. Then when it came time to actually adding even more action in reshoots, it was just amazing to get to work with Chad too.”
First reactions out of early screenings last week seemed to be glowing, and some clips from the film have also gone online today. Check those out below, with the full film arriving February 7th.