Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a mouthful of a movie title. Most people initially thought Marot Robbie (Harley Quin) was just messing around when she handwrote the rest of the title below the typed Birds of Prey on the script.
Robbie wasn’t kidding, though, and the title is indeed real. Writer Christina Hodson wasn’t going to give away any of the film’s secrets in a conversation with Variety but noted that there are reasons for all of the additional verbiage.
“I think it sets the tone a little bit in that it’s a little tongue-in-cheek,” Hodson said. “Emancipation means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and we’re going to be exploring that in different ways.”
Hodson was open and honest about the reaction to the title while keeping in mind that fans don’t know the whole story yet. “[It’s been] super mixed, but honestly I don’t have any social media, so I see very little of this stuff. Some people love it, some people think we’re nuts.
“People will just have to wait and see. I think it’s always hard when you’re doing something bold like that to do it without any context. There’s no marketing yet, we haven’t even started shooting. But all things will start to make sense as we get closer and closer to [premiere date] Feb. 7, 2020.”
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is an unusually long title. It isn’t hashtag-friendly in the modern social media era, but criticism of the full title is much ado about nothing.
Most of the people talking about the film right now are going to shorten it to Birds of Prey and everyone else in the conversation is going to know what they’re talking about. The same thing happened with Batman v Superman, as the Dawn of Justice subtitle was commonly left out.
Having Harley Quinn in the title will come in handy once the film starts to pop up on the general audience’s radar. Birds of Prey may not mean a whole lot to them, but the breakout character of Suicide Squad will.