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Captioned: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Cathy Yan

Although 2016’s Suicide Squad got a mixed reaction from comic book fans, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn emerged as a standout favourite, brought to (larger-than) life with humour and relish by the Australian actor. Robbie herself pitched the idea of a standalone adventure for Harley and friends, and with a female writer and director, this film promises to breathe new life into the mischievous and much-loved antihero.

"Promises to breathe new life into the mischievous and much-loved antihero."

Following her break up with super-villain the Joker, Harley strives to forge her own identity in Gotham City. Before long, Ewan McGregor steps into the comic book arena, stirring up trouble as long-time Batman baddie and crime lord Roman Sionis. Soon Harley finds joins forces with an all-female crew of heroines to save a young girl from becoming Sionis’ next target. There’s Huntress, (Scott Pilgrim’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who’s a dab hand with a crossbow, long-suffering police detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and reluctant heroine Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

Writer Christina Hodson and director Cathy Yan have given comic book films an exuberantly violent, sweary and darkly funny shot in the arm, while also bringing much-needed diversity to the mainstream action blockbuster, both in front of and behind the camera.