Birds of Prey Lands 2020 Release Date

Warner Bros. and DC Comics have set Birds of Prey as the next installment in the DC Film Slate, and with rumored casting underway, the movie is further proof of an exciting new chapter for the DC Universe on film moving forward.

Reports are coming in that Warner Bros. has dated the DC Comics adaptation Birds of Prey to hit theaters on February 7, 2020. It will go head to head at the box office with Peter Rabbit 2. This release date puts it a week before Bond 25 and Legally Blonde 3, both scheduled to open on February 14, 2020.

Birds of Prey is a team-up movie featuring a number of women superheroes across the DC Universe. The film will be directed by Cathy Yan and will star Margot Robbie, reprising her role as Harley Quinn. Robbie will also produce the film, and was so eager on the project she picked it over Gotham City Sirens, the Harley Quinn/Joker Movie, and Suicide Squad 2.

With a release date now set it appears official casting announcements could be coming in the near future. Casting rumors broke out this past week, and hints of who could be starring in the movie alongside Margot Robbie have been revealed.

WB appears to be changing the race of Black Canary, with the studio looking at Gugu Mbatha-Raw (A Wrinkle in Time, Belle), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground, True Blood), and Janelle Monae (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) for the role. While Black Canary is traditionally played as a Caucasian woman, WB is looking to diversify the cast.

In the role of Huntress the studio is looking at Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Cristin Milioti (Black MirrorHow I Met Your Mother), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim VS The World). Winstead has been mentioned and in the running for many past superhero films, so it would certainly be interesting to see her finally book a major superhero role.

One report did mention that the actresses listed above might be reversed, so the ones that are listed as testing for Black Canary may actually be in the running for Huntress and vice-versa. So only time will tell, but hopefully soon.

The part of Renee Montoya (who in the comics eventually dons the identity of the Question) has been tested by Justina Machado (One Day at a TimeThe Purge: Anarchy) and Roberta Colindrez (I Love Dick, Vida).

Cassandra Cain, who in the comics is an adult mute assassin, looks to be remodeled here to be a 12-year-old girl with the studio seeking an Asian actress. Rumors a while back said the studio was looking at actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee, the star of the Disney Channel series Andi Mack, which also was the starting place for Asher Angel who will play Billy Batson in WB and DC’s Shazam.

The placement of Birds of Prey in the roster of films in the Worlds of DC Films Universe is a telling one, in that it appears this was not the place they were expecting to be in 2014 when they first made their slate. It appeared at first it would be mainly Justice League related properties, but in the four years since then, the plans have certainly changed.

When looking at the original films (Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League), the initial intent was obvious. Build up to the Justice League with the original plan to spin out the stories (Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg, Batman solo film, Green Lantern Corp). Yet now when you look at the lineup of Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman 1984, and now Birds of Prey it appears that there is no plan except tell these unique stories and see what works and what doesn’t. Less focus on building an interconnected universe and putting more focus on telling stand-alone stories, and focusing on connecting them later. Build a strong universe that people will want to see a crossover with another. It isn’t building to anything, it is just existing and playing out. Much like the comics, which didn’t start with a plan, but eventually folded everything together. Combine that with the off-shoot Joker film set for 2019, it appears to enforce the concept of ‘Worlds of DC.’ That this is a big vast canvas to play with and the greater diversity of offshoots can help it survive.