Warner Bros. has recently been trying something new. They reportedly only spent $100 million to make Shazam! That was a significant decrease from previous DC installments. Most of the previous films were well over $150 million with Justice League doubling that number. But Warner Bros. is spending even less for Birds of Prey.
The Birds of Prey production budget is only $75 million dollars. It seems Warner Bros. discovered a revolutionary new way to make films. Make movies at a cheaper rate to ensure profits… who would’ve thought? Yes, that was sarcasm.
After stepping on their own toes so many times, Warner Bros. is attempting to play it safe. Shazam! reminded them that apparently all they needed was a good story.
Will the Cathy Yan directed Birds of Prey film have a story worth watching? There isn’t much in Cathy Yan’s filmography that can give us a clear picture of her abilities, so only time will tell. However, having such a low production budget increases the chances of Birds of Prey being a financial success. Warner Bros. has had a flurry of bad news recently and are in desperate need of another win.
It is interesting to note however that of the DC films that have been produced, Suicide Squad was received the least by audiences. It’s peculiar that it would be the one Warner Bros. chose to make a sequel as well as a spin-off with Birds of Prey. The decision goes along with all the other bad decisions made by the company, but with that low of a budget, it may still supply the much-needed win.
Producer and co-star Margot Robbie has reported that:
Well, we’re on schedule and on budget, which is a wonderful place to be.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco and Ewan McGregor star alongside Robbie.
Birds of Prey is set to open February 7, 2020.