Despite reports of a large number of different DC Comics related films in some stage of development from Warner Bros., the schedule beyond this years Aquaman and next year’s Shazam!, Joker & Wonder Woman 1984 was very light. Come 2020 though Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and some new friends will take over the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Cathy Yan directed all-female Harley Quinn led team film Birds of Prey has snagged a February 7, 2020 release date. Film versions of Black Canary, Huntress, Orphan/Cassandra Cain, and Detective Renee Montoya are set to make their big screen debuts and be part of the team.
Reportedly Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Janell Monae are the top actresses in the running for Black Canary while Margaret Qualley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Cristin are said to be the top choices for Huntress. The studio is casting for Montoya and Cain as well, but there is no word on any top choices at the moment.
This date will put Birds of Prey up against James Bond 25 which is likely to be Daniel Craig’s final turn as the superspy, as the film just recently had its release date pushed back from 2019 following the loss of a director and gaining of a new one.
In the past an early release date in the first months of a year was seen as a place for studios to dump films they may not have as much faith in, but in the last handful of years everything from The Hunger Games to Deadpool to Fast and the Furious entries, recent Star Wars films and this year’s Black Panther have proven that pretty much any month can be successful for movies.