Cathy Yan is going to be sitting in the director’s chair when cameras roll on Birds of Prey, and she’s already talking about her plans for the film and how she landed the job.
During an interview at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit, Yan was being interviewed and the moderator asked how she had landed the job of directing Birds of Prey. “I did my homework,” she responded. “I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was relatively painless and straightforward,” she added. “I immediately loved the script and it felt like something I could really do, and it felt very much like my own voice.”
“I could not put the script down,” Yan said. “It had so much dark humor to it which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relateable. So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room, that somehow magically in terms of timing and luck that this opportunity was open to me and I was definitely going to make the best of it.”
Yan confirmed the film is going to be rated R, a new move for the DCEU, and one that is sure to intrigue numerous people. It seems Yan is up for the job however as she went to discuss her take on the film. “It came out of me. I have never done any of these things and I asked my agents for examples to get a better sense: I put together a pitch deck and also assembled a sizzle reel. But I would say it wasn’t like a lot of other sizzle reels which reference other films that remotely feel like your film. I find those to be rather pointless. But I created my own version that thematically and tonally conveyed what you would feel (in my movie).”
Birds of Prey is shaping up to be quite the film it would seem. Margot Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn and will be joined by Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as Renee Mantoya. Deadline is also reporting that Cassandra Cain/Orphan will be a character in the film, but no word yet on who will portray her.
Birds of Prey is set to open on Feb. 7, 2020.