It’s no secret that the DCEU is a struggling franchise, and in more ways than one may expect. Although it has produced landmark films (such as Wonder Woman) and even broken the box office with the release of James Wan’s Aquaman, the franchise is still trying to figure out a formula that works for the universe as a whole. In fact it often feels like each film is the beginning of its own self contained franchise, something which remains true today with the release of Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey.
So after what seems like years of waiting and anticipation, we have finally gotten our first full trailer for the new Birds of Prey movie. Or, as I like to call it, Harley Quinn – starring Harley Quinn, with additional puns and jokes by Harley Quinn (also some other chicks because bird puns). Yes, it seems that some worries have come to light with the release of this recent trailer, particularly the worry that this film would basically evolve into another solo platform for budding starlet, Margot Robbie. After bagging a producer role and wedging herself into a script that I’m pretty sure was meant to have Barbara Gordon as the protagonist, Robbie also stole the primary narrative of the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. And after dozens of gorgeous posters only showcasing Harley as the sole character, it has become clear that Robbie intends for this film to be all about her.