The Joker may have busted Harley Quinn out of jail at the end of Suicide Squad, but the newly released Birds of Prey trailer features Margot Robbie's DC character in all her glory. And this time, she doesn't need any man to swoop in and rescue her. Instead, she's looking for a fresh start with the help of her new gang of all-female accomplices, which include Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), and Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco). They're a new kind of superhero team and, based on the trailer, they don't play by anybody's rules but their own.
Robbie's Harley Quinn became an instant fan favorite character during the release of the 2016 film Suicide Squad, so it wasn't all that surprising to learn that the bat-wielding antiheroine had nabbed her very own spinoff film, the full title of which is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Now that she's finally kicked her clown-clad boyfriend to the curb, Harley is ready and willing to take on a leadership role and emancipate herself from those who attempt to drag her down. She's now free as a bird (get it?) and as the two-minute clip more than indicates, she's never felt so liberated and alive.
"You know what a harlequin is? A harlequin’s role is to serve. It’s nothin' without a master,” Harley is shown explaining in the trailer. "Joker and I broke up. I wanted a fresh start. It turns out, I wasn't the only dame in Gotham looking for emancipation." But similar to taking down the patriarchy in real life, this superhero girl group will face their fair share of pushback from men, most notably in the form of crime lord Black Mask played by Ewan MacGregor. The only way they can defeat him is by working together, which is precisely what Harley intends for them to do. After all, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
When it comes to this film, though — which is set to hit theaters on Feb. 7, 2020 — strong, powerful women don't just dominate in front of the camera, but the behind the scenes as well. The film was written by Christina Hodson and directed by Cathy Yan, making Yan the the first female Asian director to spearhead a superhero movie and the third female filmmaker to join the DC universe overall, following Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay's upcoming project The New Gods. In other words, this movie is not only about badass women, but it was created by badass women. That's not a mere coincidence, though. According to Deadline, it was Robbie who pushed for Yan to get the job due to "her desire for this film to be directed by a woman."
Well, she got her wish and based on the footage that's been released thus far, this film won't disappoint. When these birds of a feather flock together, nothing in this world can take them down.