What to Watch | HARLEY QUINN & The BIRDS Of PREY

by JC Alvarez
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Coming to a theater near you! BIRDS OF PREY (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is landing a multiplex this week and in anticipation of the cunning return of everyone’s Clown Queen of Crime DC UNIVERSE has got “What to Watch”!

With the latest DC big-screen blockbuster about to launch DC Universe is giving fans an opportunity to get more acquainted with the stars appearing in the upcoming Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) the next feature-length film to center on Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie as undoubtedly the most influential Modern-Era character to pop in the DC Universe — yes, we’re talking about the Clown Princess of Chaos, Harley Quinn.

After a bombastic introduction in director David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad which brought the worst of the worst to the large screen, but left critics scratching their heads some, Robbie’s interpretation of Harley Quinn left some an indelible impression on audiences, that it warranted some revisiting! Warner Bros rallied around the idea of spinning Robbie and her Harley Quinn out into her own vehicle, and for some time there was a debate over that might look like. For a minute there were rumors that narrative built around Gotham’s Femme Fatales would be it.

The word around town was that Sirens (the rumored “working title”) would include Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and, Catwoman hitting the town on a crime spree that would draw the attention of the city’s other famous caped crusader Batgirl. Although that premise was touted about for some time it never really got further than development, and by that time The Batman directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson (replacing Ben Affleck) would incorporate Catwoman into its new origin reboot.

With time of the essence, WB and DC decided that it might be a good idea to visit one of its other female-centric properties and evaluated the potential of aligning Harley Quinn with the Birds of Prey, and before the ink had had any time to dry on the deal the announcement was out that Robbie would return to the big screen joined by Black Canary, The Huntress, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain in Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) directed by Cathy Yan.

In grand anticipation for the worldwide release of the new film, the DC Universe subscription service is arming fans with the most memorable bits and baubles, stories that span the catalog of print and film media that center on the stars of the film. Here’s a guide of What to Watch and What to Read:

Harley Quinn

What To Watch

  • Harley Quinn Animated Original Series
  • Batman: The Animated Series – “Joker’s Favor” (The FIRST appearance of Harley)
  • The New Batman Adventures – “Mad Love” (Harley’s origin story)
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham (Featuring Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad)

What To Read



What To Watch

  • Justice League Unlimited – “Double Date” (Huntress teams up with Black Canary)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “The Mask of Matches Malone!” (Huntress and the Canary join forces to help Batman)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “Night of the Huntress”

What To Read


Renee Montoya

What To Watch

  • Batman: The Animated Series – “P.O.V.” & “Harley & Ivy”

What To Read


Black Canary

What To Watch

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “Mayhem of the Music Meister!” (Black Canary’s musical debut)
  • Justice League Unlimited – “The Cat and the Canary”
  • DC Nation Shorts: Green Arrow – “Onomatopoeiabot” (The Canary teams up with Green Arrow)

What To Read

  • BLACK CANARY (2015)

Cassandra Cain

What To Read

  • BATMAN #567
  • BATGIRL (Cassandra Cain is Batgirl in her first solo series)

Roman Sionis

What To Watch

  • Batman: Under The Red Hood
  • Batman: Bad Blood
  • The Batman – “The Breakout” (Black Mask’s screen debut)

What To Read

  • BATMAN #635

DC Universe has also assigned the hard-knock heroines their own page! Visit it here:

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)  hits theaters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Doom Patrol — Ep. 110 — “Hair Patrol” — Photo Credit: Annette Brown / 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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