DC Comics and Warner Bros. released the trailer for Birds of Prey (and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn). Yep. That’s the title for the movie. We’re not kidding.
Skepticisim has been brewing for months, after WB announced that Black Canary would be played by a black actress for the sake of diversity. Well, we get it. The world has changed. We all have. There’s probably a Black Canary in some universe that’s male, for all we know.
I’m not really a fan of turning Dinah Lance into a black character but, by all means. Let’s see how it works.
One of my biggest concerns is the characterization of Cassandra Cain. For many comic book fans, Cassandra Cain is the daughter of assassin David Cain. She was trained to be a killer from birth. That left a gaping hole in other human capabilities of Cassandra.
What made her character unique was that she was a cold-blooded killer and she’s mute. Instead of communicating by speech, Cassandra Cain learned how to communicate via sign language. She was partially trained by the previous Batgirl, Barbara Gordon who was now Oracle.
However, it seems like Barbara Gordon does not exist in this movie universe, for now. Anyway, where am I going with this? Oh yeah. Cassandra Cain has been known to be a mute character. The movie version seems to be talking normally.
The ability to speak is a huge departure for Cassandra’s character and I’m not a big fan of it. Honestly, the fact that Black Canary is now played by a black actor doesn’t even bother me.
Cassandra’s major character shift is the problem. She could have been a role model for people who use sign language everywhere! There’s a major missed opportunity there. Maybe Harley could say that she knows how to speak in sign language as a bridge for general audiences. I truly hope I am wrong.
Now that we’ve talked about the Birds of Prey, let’s go to Harley herself. I can’t really complain too much about Harley Quinn’s presence in the film. Without Margot Robbie’s involvement, the BoP wouldn’t have been part of the film.
Plus, Harley Quinn is one of DC’s most marketable characters today. I completely understand why they did it. Like I mentioned earlier in the portion about Cassandra, Harley is the bridge for general audiences to learn more about characters like Cassandra, Dinah and Helena.
As for the trailer itself, it comes to no one’s surprise that Harley is the main focus. She’s going to be our gateway to the rest of the DCEU. After the mess that is the first few films, I hope to see a more streamlined story from these individual stories.
Overall, the Birds of Prey trailer still got my interest. The different characterizations is what has me worried.
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