Birds of Prey is being set up as very much it’s own monster. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) will be the main remainder from Suicide Squad in the film. And it is considerably more about the heroic ladies of Gotham City than Batman.
But little intimations from the recently released teaser video and a limited time picture indicate something else. This is that, regardless of whether he isn’t assuming a noteworthy role in the film, the Dark Knight’s presence will be felt. So, what job is Batman going to play in Birds of Prey?
THINGS TO COME
The recently discharged teaser for the film gave fans their first (brief) look at the new additions to the DCEU. However, among the flashes of Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) were two pieces of info that could allude to the potential story of the film.
Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) is seen briefly in the teaser, wearing a cast more than one of her arms. Various expressions are composed crosswise over it, including a reference to Gotham City. This appears to suggest that the film will happen in the city, which shouldn’t come as a major astonishment. The team fundamentally works in the city in their comic book appearances, and many affirmed characters (like Black Mask and Renee Montoya) have deep associations with Gotham.
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Another potential clue is covered up in the picture shared by Robbie over social media just before the teaser was released. Posed as a selfie of Harley Quinn in costume, she can be seen wearing a puppy tag as a piece of jewelry. The name on the tag? Bruce. There aren’t numerous characters named Bruce in the DC Universe, with the most celebrated clearly being Bruce Wayne. Along these lines, when Harley Quinn begins wearing something with that name on it, it stands out.
WHAT THIS COULD MEAN
It’s likely Batman will have a presence in the film. However, Birds of Prey doesn’t appear to be worried about the character. If anything, it appears as though Gotham’s defender will show up in an appearance at most. In any case, the dog tag suggests that we may be seeing some interpretation of Bruce Wayne. For what reason is Harley wearing it? We doubt that she realizes Bruce is Batman. That would be an immense jump from her past depiction. Or practically any interpretation of the character.
The dog tag could simply be an Easter egg for fans. However it’s prominent to the point that we figure it may address something about the plot. Prior reports on the film proposed that there would be a “girl gang” viewpoint to the film, which could without much of a stretch mean the tone being reminiscent of a heist film. If so, the dog tag could really be a clue as to one of the objectives of said heist: Bruce Wayne.
Harley Once Kidnapped Bruce
It’s not unprecedented for Harley, either. As a major aspect of the Batman Adventures Holiday Special, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy kidnapped Bruce Wayne to use his bank account for a huge spending binge. He’s the ideal focus for the young ladies to attempt and ransack. Particularly if they require a great deal of cash, quick. It could even be the manner by which Harley attracts heroes like Black Canary and Huntress before uncovering why she’s trying to capture Bruce and getting them ready for her plan.
The dog tag may just be a piece of her outfit, much like how the “damaged” tattoos on Jared Leto’s Joker were only for show. But it could also be our best piece of information about the real plot of the film, and could allow us to watch Bruce Wayne in a totally unexpected light in comparison to we’ve regularly observed: A target, and even possibly as an enemy to Harley.
Helmed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor, Steven Williams, Derek Wilson, Dana Lee, Francois Chau, Chris Messina and Matthew Willig. It will release on Feb. 7, 2020.