Harly Quinn is emancipated and ready to take the world by storm alongside a bunch of other badass Gotham City women pulled into a world of trouble in the very first trailer for Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) .
Margot Robbie is back as the clown queen of crime looking to make her own place after dumping the Joker, and the likes of Huntress, Black Canary, Rene Montoya and Cassandra Cain are brought into the picture as they all are pitted against the villainous Black Mask and Victor Zsasz.
Written by Christina Hodson & directed by Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ali Wong, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco and Ewan McGregor. The film opens February 7, 2020.
When it comes to their Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, The CW seems to be pulling out all the stops in regards to actors from previous DC related works that they are bringing into the fold to either reprise their roles or play a new role.
While Tom Welling and Erica Durance from Smallville or the already in the Arroverse John Wesley Shipp or even Burt Ward from the 60s Batman seemed like either givens or likely candidates for coming back, the latest recruit is one that many might not have expected or remembered in some cases.
According to TVLine, Ashley Scott is set to reprise her role of Helena Kyle/Huntress from the short-lived 2002 WB series Birds of Prey during the event. Long before Arrow kicked off the Arrowverse in 2012 and shortly after Smallville began it’s journey, The WB tried an all female led superhero series with Birds of Prey. Scott starred as Huntress while Dina Meyer played Barbara Gordon who was the former Batgirl turned Oracle and Rachel Skarsten played the young Dinah Redmond/Lance also known as the heroic Black Canary.
Funny enough, Skarsten will already have joined the Arrowverse before Scott because the former Black Canary is playing the antagonist Alice for the fall premiering Batwoman series. Whether Alice will appear during Batwoman’s portion of the crossover is unclear, so the actresses crossing paths again is quite possible.
A version of Huntress has appeared on Arrow in the past, played by Jessica De Gouw and a version is hitting the big screen next year in Birds of Prey played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in February.
Crises on Infinite Earth’s stretches across Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Batwoman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow with three of the five episodes ariing in mid-December and the last two held off till shows return in mid-January.
Changes are on the way for DC Comics’ Birds of Prey in the coming year. After previously announcing a new series starring Huntress, Black Canary and Harley Quinn earlier this year that was set to come out pretty soon from Brian Azzarello and Emanuela Lupacchino , the publisher has announced a pretty big shift.
As shared by Previews World, the series is being shifted out of the main DC line into the more adult DC Black Label line with the orders for the first two solicited issues being canceled. The publisher is set to re-solicit them and moving the release date into 2020 so that the book matches up with the timing of The Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinnfilm.
This change comes also with a new cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado including a new logo that seems to tie closer to the film’s logo.
Whether this change will mean an overhaul to the planned storyline is unclear, but it seems likely that the story would change now that it’s part of a lable that allows more in a story. The original solicitations and covers are below.
BIRDS OF PREY #1 written by BRIAN AZZARELLO art and cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY card stock variant cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL blank variant cover Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the ringer and her band is in crisis when an old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set her on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent. The only thing she can be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone else’s life more complicated. And that’s only the first five pages. Needless to say, the Birds are back in town! With more pressure and higher stakes than they have ever faced before, brought to you by hard-boiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy. ON SALE 10.30.19 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US FC | RATED T+
BIRDS OF PREY #2 written by BRIAN AZZARELLO art and cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY card stock variant cover by DERRICK CHEW It’s a fight no one will soon forget as Harley Quinn crosses paths with the Huntress on the prowl! Meanwhile, grief over the death of a former partner won’t stop the Black Canary as she takes measures to square off against the cruelest crime lords south of the border: Las Esposas de la Muerte. ON SALE 11.27.19 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 FC|DC