One of the most anticipated DC movies finally revealed its teaser trailer, and it's about to blow the roof off of this fandom. The Bird of Prey teaser trailer debuted on Monday, Jan. 28, and it gives fans a first look at all the film's stars in character for the very first time. The trailer was released via the YouTube channel CheekySneakyPeeky, which might lead some to think it's fake, until you see Margot Robbie herself in full Harley Quinn attire (a bit different look than how fans know her from Suicide Squad, but Harley nonetheless). So yes, this is not a drill, it's the real deal, and there's a ton going on.
The teaser is titled "See You Soon," which is ominous, mostly because the release date for Birds of Prey is a whole year away from now, on Feb. 7, 2020. The full title for the film is Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn), as tweeted by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was written by Christina Hodson, who wrote the recently released Bumblebee, and will be directed by Cathy Yan, the first Asian American woman to direct a superhero film, according to Den of Geek. In other words: it's a movie about powerful superhero women, made by powerful superhero women.
This first look is the epitome of the word teaser, clocking in at only 19 seconds, and it introduces the iconic Birds of Prey characters in quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots. But it's exciting nonetheless, and if you can't wait to see the movie, here's a rundown of its cast members and who they're playing.
Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie was the breakout star of Suicide Squad, which came out in 2016. While there were a lot of negative reviews of the film, Robbie as Harley Quinn is one of the most memorable performances of the movie. She was so good, in fact, that before Suicide Squad even premiered, Birds of Prey with Robbie at the helm was already being discussed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robbie is the reason this movie is happening, all thanks to her gravitation towards DC's female superheroes when she was doing her comic book research for Suicide Squad. To answer Robbie's Instagram of the new Harley Quinn, yes, you were missed, HQ.
Huntress, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Huntress, like many superheroes in DC comics, has a long history with different ideations of her persona. Overall, her abilities include being a skilled gymnast and excellent at hand-to-hand combat, along with being an expert markswoman; the trailer even shows her aiming a bow and arrow at the camera. One of the most recent versions of Huntress has the civilian name of Helena Bertinelli, but was originally written as Helena Wayne, the daughter of Bruce Wayne in a different universe. That's probably not the case with Winstead's version, so odds are she's a Bertinelli, the daughter of one of Gotham's Mafia bosses.
Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Black Canary was most recently portrayed on the The CW's Arrow as Laurel Lance, but while that version might be popular, Smollett-Bell's iteration will be worth seeing, too. In the comics, Dinah Lance, who is one of the original members of Birds of Prey, has powers that combine her expert martial art skills and hand-to-hand combat training with her ultrasonic scream and ability to fly or glide. Judging by the mic in her hand from this trailer shot, she might use her lungs for some singing, too.
Renee Montoya, played by Rosie Perez
Originally part of the Batman comics as a detective in Gotham, Renee Montoya teams up with Harley Quinn and her crew in Birds of Prey. In the comics, she's openly lesbian and later becomes the Question, taking over for her mentor Vic Sage (the original Question). Her abilities stem from her original profession of a trained detective, and include parkour and martial arts.
Cassandra Cain, played by Ella Jay Basco
Cassandra Cain has a dark upbringing and interesting backstory. She becomes the fourth Batgirl, and is raised as an assassin, never allowed to speak or have close relationships during her brutal training. According to SyFy Wire, she can only communicate with her hands or illustrations, because she also cannot read or write. It's not clear how close to that description the DCEU's version of Cain will be, or how her cast (seen below) figures into it, but considering there's a closeup on it — with some cards and swearing that look like they most definitely came from Harley Quinn — it's probably important.
Victor Zsasz, played by Chris Messina
Messina's version of Victor Zsasz looks a lot different than the Gotham version of the supervillian, but is still sinister. In the comics, he was once thee owner of an international company, but lost it all gambling. He now sees life as pointless, and killing as a gift to set others free from said pointlessness. Obviously a villain, he's pronounced insane and often gets thrown in Arkham Asylum. He's a very advanced fighter and uses knives to kill, tallying up his conquests with that same knife onto his body.
Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, played by Ewan McGregor
The super-villain Black Mask is a far different role from anything McGregor has played before. According to Variety, in Birds of Prey, Huntress, Black Canary, and Harley Quinn team up to protect Cassandra Cain from Roman Sionis (Black Mask), even though it's not clear yet why he wants to harm Cain. The comic book version of Sionis comes from a very wealthy family that has a cosmetic company empire. After killing his own parents and pushing the company to bankruptcy with faulty makeup, he turns himself into Black Mask. He's criminally insane, has many disguises, and is a skilled marksman and combatant. That sly smile and suit might fool others, but know that Black Mask is the main villain of the film.
Considering most of these heroes and villains have connections to Gotham, odds are that's where Birds of Prey will take place. With this mini teaser, fans get a look at the costumes for the upcoming film as well as confirmation that they've started filming. It's not a ton of info, but hopefully enough to tide fans over until the full trailer drops.