When it comes to the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, I must admit I’m highly conflicted regarding the matter. On the one hand, the trailer hints at what could be a highly entertaining viewing experience. But on the other, it’s difficult overlooking how the characters featured bear little resemblance to their comic book counterparts.
That said, I can’t help being intrigued by what directory Cathy Yan recently said while speaking with Collider. When asked how much time has passed between this flick and Suicide Squad, she revealed this:
“There is not any known amount of time. No… it kind of exists in a parallel timeline.
“With Suicide Squad she’s so connected to the Joker. I mean, their story is so intertwined.It really is their love story if you will.But this is not. And so I think that gave us a lot of opportunity to say like what is she like, not necessarily post-Joker but just in almost like a parallel universe, and allowed all of us the freedom to say like we’re gonna create a different Gotham.”
Having read this, we can’t rule out the possibility of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad making no references whatsoever to Birds of Prey – even though Margot Robbie is still continuing on as Harley Quinn in his picture. It could wind up being confusing, sure, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this all unfolds.
In my view, we could liken this to the comic book medium itself. Those of you who’ve read both Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad comics in recent years could back me up in saying that the respective versions of Harley showcased in each have little to no overlap; her characterization is quite different in the opposing series, and it very much seems like each take place in separate universes. They don’t, I know, but the parallel I’m drawing is valid.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) arrives in theaters on February 7, 2020.