Earlier this week, I watched the DCEU’s most recent movie, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. The film, directed by Kathy Yan, hit theaters on February 7 and has had mixed reviews. Surprisingly, some fans of the many Birds of Prey comics were actually pleased with the movie, while others felt as if it was far from their expectation of a good comic book film.
In my opinion, it was an entertaining movie with hints of comedy and awesome fight scenes, but I do feel as if the plot as a whole was focused too much on Harley Quinn, considering that the “Birds of Prey” weren’t actually working together until the last two minutes of the film. In fact, that’s one of my only issues with it. It wasn’t actually a Birds of Prey movie, it was a Harley Quinn movie. I might have enjoyed this movie even more if instead of promising the Birds of Prey, they just completely labeled it a Harley Quinn film. However, I would have rather the movie been a Birds of Prey movie, with the members as the main characters. To me, the film would have been even better if they had switched up the dynamic of Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya (later on The Question) and Harley, so that they were the main characters and Harley Quinn was just a side character.
Another thing I noticed throughout the film, was that the main antagonist, Roman Sionis (A.K.A. Black Mask), was much different in the movie than in comics. For example, in the film, Sionis acts more like a snobby rich kid, as opposed to a world renowned super villain, as he is in comics. In addition, in the film, Victor Zsasz and Sionis work together in their evil schemes and also appear to be friends, when neither have ever even interacted in any other DC story. In my opinion, if Zsasz is going to be in a movie, he should be the main antagonist as opposed to somebody’s henchman or employee, since he is actually more violent and creepy than many DC villains, despite not having any powers or special abilities. Another character who had no connection with Sionis in the past, who did in the movie is Black Canary. Black Canary wasn’t always a hero, but she never worked for or with Black Mask. However, I understand that these changes were a creative decision by the creators of the film.
Despite me wishing that the movie was more focused of the Birds of Prey and that some things were more comic accurate, I actually really enjoyed the movie! I think it has been one of the better movies that the DCEU has put out in the recent years.