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“I’m So F*cking Over Clowns”: Your First Look At Harley Quinn Movie ‘Birds Of Prey’ Is Here

In which Harley Quinn comes up against Pennywise for some reason.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey

Margot Robbie’s take on beloved DC character Harley Quinn had something of an inglorious debut.

After all, the first look that we got of the character was mired in the extremely unappealing Suicide Squad, a film with all the aesthetic and thematic merit of a snuff flick. Also, it co-starred Jared Leto, which is the icing on an extremely putrid cake.

Now, however, the character is getting a proper run-around. Quinn will be the hero of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), a spin-off flick that sets the character up against the legendary Batman villain Black Mask, played by one Ewan McGregor.

Details on the film have been pretty scant till now. We’ve known that Cathy Yan, director of indie comedy-drama Dead Pigs was set to direct and that Christina Hodson, the writer of Transformers spin-off Bumblee, had penned the script. Otherwise, it was up to us to guess what was going on with that wild subtitle, or whether the film would trade the grittiness of Suicide Squad with something more, well, appealing.

Well, looks like we’ll have to keep guessing for a while. Although we’ve got a teaser, it’s a mere minute long, and about half that time is taken up with an extraordinarily bizarre It: Chapter Two joke.

But hey, at least this thing seems to be on the right track tonally. It has a sense of lightness, which is very welcome, and the brief montage of shots we get towards the back half implies that Yan knows she needs to walk the tightrope between frivolity and pure Batman Returns-style fetishistic madness.

It is interesting that the only shots we get of McGregor feature him without the distinctive black mask of his character. Perhaps we’ll get a regular-faced baddie for the first act, till a mid-film run-in with Harley permanently scars that handsome visage?

Anything’s possible. Guess we’ll find out when Birds of Prey drops sometime in 2020. In the meantime, check out the teaser here: