Warner Bros. is ramping up the advertising for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) now that we’re about five months out from its February 7, 2020 release date. First, we got the teaser ahead of IT: Chapter 2 with Harley (Margot Robbie) gleefully popping Pennywise’s signature red balloons and announcing her clown-loving days are behind her. Now we have a new, perfect poster for the flick:
Harley has that bonkers look in her eyes while her companions and enemies flitter through her thoughts and around her head. It’s just top-notch. The writing on her neck reminding her to stay on course and keep away from mayhem is the icing on the cuckoo cake, really.
Now perhaps some of you aren’t really sure about all of these characters joining my beloved Harley, so I’ll give you a quick rundown. I’m really nice that way.
Renee Montoya - Rosie Perez
At least I think that’s the first character on the left. Montoya is/was a Gotham City police officer before the corruption rampant in the force led to her resignation. In one storyline from the comics, she takes on the mantle of The Question after the death of the original, Vic Sage. She was first introduced, like Harley, in Batman: The Animated Series before moving over to the comics.
Huntress/Helena Bertinelli - Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Added to the roster of the Birds of Prey during Gail Simone’s run, Huntress is a skilled but unpredictable vigilante. In some iterations, she is the child of Gotham Mafia royalty and begins her run as Huntress to avenge their deaths. Her choices to kill often put her at odds with Batman.
Victor Szasz - Chris Messina
Far too attractive for my tastes, Szasz is a serial killer that marks his body with a tally for every person he’s ever killed. Once a rich businessman, Szasz becomes depressed after the death of his parents and decides to commit suicide. After a homeless man attempts to attack him with a knife, Szasz determines that death is a gift he can give to all and kills him. He’s crazy.
Black Mask/Roman Sionis - Ewan McGregor
Although he doesn’t have his signature, uh, black mask in the film, Sionis probably remains a crime lord of Gotham that enjoys torturing people, wearing masks as a social commentary on fake people, and doing murders. Maybe long walks on the Gotham piers too. Anyway, born into a wealthy but unfit family, Sionis eventually burned down his family’s mansion with his parents inside. He’s crazy.
Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel - Margot Robbie
Introduced in Batman: The Animated Series, Harley is The Joker’s love(ish) and partner in crime, as well as his human punching bag. Her career in the comics — and even some arcs in the animated series — saw the psychologist turned mental patient work with Batman in an attempt to get back at Mistah J or soothe her well-buried conscience.
?? - Ali Wong?
Your guess as to her role is as good as mine, as is the verification that she’s in the poster next to Harley’s foot.
Dinah Lance/Black Canary - Jurnee Smollett-Bell
An excellent fighter, Black Canary has a supersonic scream that incapacitates enemies. She can also sort of fly, I think. I know that the newer versions in the comics team her with Green Arrow romantically and punchy-fightingly. She appears to work as a singer in this flick.
Feel free to add to this in the comments if you know more about the characters (I’m sure a lot of you skipped most of this and are already typing your character manifestos).
Image sources (in order of posting): Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Comics