DC’s Birds of Prey is expected to push a few boundaries with its release.
While appearing at the US-China Entertainment Summit, Director Cathy Yan talked about the all-female film. According to a report by Deadline, Yan confirmed that the film will an R-rated film.
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’” Margot Robbie, who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn, said of the film last year. “Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”
The film will see a team up between Harley Quinn and Black Canary, along with other female characters like Huntress, Cassandra Cain and Renee Montoya. The script has been written by Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson.
“I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was relatively painless and straightforward,” Yan explained. “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 relateable.” Yan continued. “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.”
“It came out of me,” said Yan about her pitch meeting to Warner Bros., “I have never done any of these things and I asked my agents for examples to get a better sense: I put together a pitch deck and also assembled a sizzle reel. But I would say it wasn’t like a lot of other sizzle reels which reference other films that remotely feel like your film. I find those to be rather pointless. But I created my own version that thematically and tonally conveyed what you would feel (in my movie).”