Considering how utterly and thoroughly awful Suicide Squad was, my expectations for Birds of Prey have been about as bottom-barrel as you can imagine.
In fact, despite the fact that Suicide Squad came out back in 2016 (!!!), I still passionately rage tweet and write about Jared Leto’s nightmarish portrayal of Joker every chance I get.
So when Warner Bros. announced that they were developing a Birds of Prey movie starring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, needless to say, I was flabbergasted, as I could not wrap my head around why the studio would do anything but bury every character involved with Suicide Squad at the bottom of the deepest and darkest ocean they could find.
Well, naturally, I was wrong, as Warner Bros. not only moved forward with Birds of Prey, but apparently they actually… turned it into a good movie?! What what what?!?
Ahead of next week’s wide release, Birds of Prey has begun screening and the early reactions to the film have been shockingly and overwhelmingly positive thus far:
Birds of Prey, which is directed by Cathy Yan, stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Elle Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. Rosie Perez, Ali Wong, Robert Catrini, Steven Williams, Dana Lee, Francois Chau and Matthew Willig also star.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits theaters in the United States next week on Friday, February 7.
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