BIRDS OF PREY Continues Harley Quinn's Story, But Isn't Actually A SUICIDE SQUAD Sequel

Suicide Squad was a box office hit, but the movie ended up being a critical flop. Now, Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson has revealed that this adventure serves as a "standalone story" for Harley.

It's obvious from the title that Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) puts the spotlight on Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, but that doesn't mean it continues the story from David Ayer's Suicide Squad

In a new interview, Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson has described this as a "standalone story" rather than a direct follow-up to the big screen debut of Task Force X. However, she noted that her take on this movie does continue Harley's narrative without leaning too heavily on what came before. 

"Obviously, yes, it's a character we have met before, but it's really its own story, and that's kind of how I approached it," Hodson explains. "I just tried to take myself off-leash. I fell in love with this character, and then all of these other new characters. And I just created a brand new story that felt like its own thing, and that doesn't have to feel like it follows one or the other."

We've seen set photos pointing to a cameo from the Clown Prince of Crime, so it does appear as if Birds of Prey will tie into Suicide Squad in some capacity - but those of you expecting the movie to address her prison escape and the like may end up being disappointed. 

How do you guys feel about this news?

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screenshots from the Birds of Prey teaser!



This is obviously Harley Quinn and it's good to see her trademark mallet here. I may be wrong about this, but have some of the tattoos on the back of her legs been removed since Suicide Squad?
 


Huntress has her crossbow here and that's obviously going to make a lot of comic book fans happy seeing as it's something she's always used in the source material. 
 


Is this Renee Montoya? If so, here's hoping Birds of Prey avoids taking us down the route of seeing a cop with a drinking problem because that's been done to death in countless movies over the years.
 


Well, Cassandra Cain certainly seems to have some issues as it really doesn't look like she's particularly popular if those insults were written by "friends."  She may have decorated it herself, though.
 


As good as it is to see Harley wielding that baseball bat, she's rocking a totally different costume here. This could be her new look throughout the movie or just one of many different outfits.
 


Based on what we see here, it definitely appears as if this version of Black Canary is going to be inspired by the New 52/Rebirth era versions but, as we see later, she does have fishnets...on her arms!
 


Well, Huntress definitely looks like a badass but her mask is nowhere to be seen and while there's a chance she'll suit up later on in the movie, Birds of Prey seems to be going for a grounded aesthetic.
 


This doesn't tell us much about Renee Montoya, but the character is expected to play a key role in the movie and it will be interesting to see how she's handled as there's a lot to pick from the comics.
 


Meet the Black Mask...minus the black mask! He certainly looks like a gangster and seeing as this is just a test video/cast reveal, there's nothing to say he won't don his skeletal visage at some point.
 


Huntress takes aim. Little is known about how this version of the character will differ from the source material, but she's unlikely to be Catwoman's daughter! 
 


This is Victor Zsasz, a classic Batman villain who covers his body with scars for every kill. We don't see any of those here but he definitely bears something of a resemblance to the comic book version.
 

 


Two more fairly unrevealing shots, but the second definitely gives us an idea of how Black Canary will be portrayed. After seeing so much of her on TV, I do wonder how her powers will differ visually.
 


A lot of fans are definitely going to be disappointed if Black Mask doesn't don his classic headpiece, as it really wouldn't be that hard to include. 
 


Cassandra Cain sounds like she will be the "MacGuffin" of Birds of Prey in the sense that the team will be trying to save her from Black Mask. Why she's so important hasn't been revealed yet, though. 
 


Well, he definitely looks like a psycho, right? 
 

 

 


This could prove to be a somewhat divisive take on Harley Quinn, especially among those hoping for a comic accurate costume. This is bound to be just one of many costumes in the movie, though!
 


What do you guys think about this first look at Birds of Prey? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
 
 
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