Birds of Prey looks to have the most f-bombs in a DC film

Photo by Claudette Barius/DC Comics

Joker broke the mold for DC films with its R-rating. It was violent, bloody, and gave us a grounded version of the Clown Prince of Crime. This allowed Warner Bros. and DC to be riskier by offering more mature-oriented stories for their upcoming films. Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is continuing that trend with its own R-rated tale following the DC heroines and villainess.

Nerd Reactor was invited to check out the Los Angeles set of Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). We were able to observe a pivotal scene from the third act, and it features the main cast coming together including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Laurel Lance, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain.

The first thing that we noticed was the number of swear words and f-bombs from the main cast in this long scene. These are just a few we’ve counted.

“Ain’t that some shit.”

“F*** you!”

“F*** you, too!”

“We’re f***ed.”

“No wonder you’re such a humorless dickhole.”

“F*** you, Harley Quinn.”

“You think you’re above the law, you stupid f***.”

“F*** you too, kid.”

Yes, that’s a lot of swearing, and that’s just this one scene of the characters coming together. Imagine what the rest of the film will be like. We just hope that the final edit of the film won’t be toned down.

Photo by Claudette Barius/DC Comics

During the set visit, Margot Robbie, director Cathy Yan, and the crew talked about the film. Here’s what we have learned:

Birds of Prey will give Harley Quinn more dimension, and audiences will be seeing the film through her eyes. That means we’ll be getting an unreliable narrator, similar to Todd Phillips’ Joker.

The film will not be tied to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

Margot Robbie is also a producer, and she and the other producers met with a lot of directors. In the end, Cathy Yan was chosen because of her pitch, which was described as really cool, relevant and fresh. It will have female empowerment, but it won’t be on the nose.

Birds of Prey Set with cathy yan, margot robbie and rosie perez

Photo by Claudette Barius/DC Comics

“I think what’s different about this film is that you see Harley in her element,” Robbie said about Harley Quinn’s expanded role in Birds of Prey. “You get to see her apartment. What does her house look like? What does she wear when she gets to pick her outfit. In Suicide Squad, there was a box there to choose from. Now, what does she wear when she goes to get drunk at night? How does she deal with a hangover? Whatever it is, you get to kind of see these other sides to her.”

“Truthfully, she just came in and blew our minds with her pitch for the film and what she was going to bring to it,” Robbie said about Yan. “It built off of all the ideas we were excited about. She came in and spoke about it in a way that was going to elevate it into a whole new level. That’s kind of the dream scenario. You care about the project so much you want someone to come in and understand it and also feel as passionate about it as you do.”

We also got to see the different outfits from the characters up close. One of Harley’s outfits had caution tape. Most likely it’s to warn others of what she might do since she’s unpredictable and crazy. Huntress’ outfit is about function, and she wears a black tracksuit with a fashion-forward design. Canary is a performer, and her outfit is strong and soulful and is inspired by the ’70s and ’70s streetwear, especially with the high waist pants. Renee has a t-shirt that says “I shaved my balls for this.” Cass is a street urchin, and she dresses like a tomboy while still having the mean cute girl vibe. Roman Sionis is all about power, and his outfit reflects that with a clean and bright suit.

Birds of Prey will feature different types of sets including a funhouse and Roman’s club. The funhouse feels like different decades mashed together. Roman has a room that collects all types of items including a mask that looks like Batman.

Birds of Prey is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on Feb. 7, 2020.

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