Birds of Prey Screenwriter Explains What Drew Her to Harley Quinn

The casting for Birds of Prey is nearly done, and production is set to start early next year. This is a movie that star and producer Margot Robbie has said that she has a lot of passion about.

Birds of Prey Screenwriter Explains What Drew Her to Harley Quinn

That passion was very apparent to screenwriter Christina Hodson as she spoke to the LA Times about working with Robbie.

This, I can say: [Robbie] is an amazing producer. She's so dedicated, cares so much, she is in it and works so hard — looks through every choice, reads through every draft, and has super-smart notes. I am all about finding good people you believe in as human beings as well as being good creative partners and producers, because it's an investment — writing these movies takes it out of you. I'm also just excited that [director Cathy Yan] is a woman and she's Asian. That's a big deal.

Harley Quinn has become one of the biggest characters in the DC Universe; not just the comics but also the movies as well. There wasn't a ton of critical love for Suicide Squad, but Robbie's portrayal of Harley was one of the things that people seemed to unanimously agree on. Harley is a very unique character, and Hodson talked about what drew her to Quinn:

I just fell in love with Harley. She makes me laugh, but she also makes me cry…. She's got such emotional depth that is completely contrasted by this light, superficial, fun exterior. Even in the comics when she is at her best, she's doing something bad — and when she's at her worst she's doing something good. And that makes her so interesting and so much more real, because that's what people are like in real life. Very few people are just purely heroic or purely villainous, and she is this wonderful balance of everything.

Birds of Prey is promising to be a very different DC movie with a smaller budget and scope. They just recently cast Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and with production set to start in a few months the rest of the supporting cast should be announced soon.

Summary: After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.

Birds of Prey, directed by Cathy Yan, stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor. It will open on February 7th, 2020.

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