Tara Sonin
October 02, 2019 7:25 am

The old saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” counts double when it comes to Harley Quinn. The first trailer for the Harley-centric film Birds of Prey dropped yesterday, October 1st. The upcoming film is based on the comic book series from DC Comics and features Margot Robbie in her reprised role as the enigmatic and tortured former-criminal-turned-vigilante, Harley Quinn.

And holy harlequin, we are psyched.

At the start of the trailer, Harley says she and the Joker (formerly played by Jared Leto and introduced to audiences in 2016’s Suicide Squad) are through, thus explaining the subtitle to Birds of Prey: “The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Miss Harley Quinn.”

In this latest flick, Harley is tired of being “nothing without a master.” And while on her mission to find her purpose in life, she forms a badass girl gang you most definitely wouldn’t want to mess with.

The trailer for Birds of Prey is loaded with glass-shattering, head-knocking, guns-blazing cuts that make it pretty clear that, although Harley is on the opposing side of the villains (Batman foe “Black Mask” played by Ewan McGregor and Victor Zsasz played by Chris Messina), she’s definitely not a “good girl.”

Social media lit up with reactions to the trailer, which also features Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ella Jay Basco, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and was directed by Cathy Yan.

In some ways, the film, which will be released in theaters on February 7th, 2020, feels like a direct response to Joker, the origin story of Harley’s infamous former lover, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and will be released on October 4th.

Joker is rousing both Oscar-buzz and concern that it will incite violence (so much so that the Aurora, Colorado movie theater where a 2012 mass shooting took place during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises won’t be showing the film). Birds of Prey, meanwhile, is more lighthearted and feminist, drawing attention to the overall theme of women’s empowerment rather than the psychoanalysis of the lead character’s violent tendencies.

We can’t wait to see what mischief lies in the cards for the unpredictable Quinn. February 7th can’t come soon enough.

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