‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer: Harley Quinn Steals Her Own Movie

With Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” poised to dominate the box office this weekend, Warner Bros. has just released the first full-length trailer for another supervillain-led potential blockbuster, “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.”

Margot Robbie, who’s also a producer of the film, reprises the harlequin role she originated in “Suicide Squad,” but in this spinoff, Harley has broken up with Joker (previously played by Jared Leto) and struck out on her own. She assembles a team of female renegades, including Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and faces off against a crime kingpin known as Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) to protect a young girl (Ella Jay Basco).

The trailer features a jokier tone than the dark, Scorsese-influenced drama of “Joker.” Like that film’s director, Todd Phillips (the “Hangover” trilogy), the “Birds of Prey” filmmaker Cathy Yan is best known for comedy (the 2018 Chinese-set “Dead Pigs”). Her cast also includes the comedian-actress Ali Wong as well as Chris Messina and Rosie Perez.

“Birds of Prey” lands in theaters on Feb. 7.

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