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YMMV / Birds of Prey (2020)

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  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the New 52 reboot, DC (specifically Dan DiDio) outright tried to remove Cassandra Cain from continuity completely and ban her from ever being used because she was "toxic" (i.e. she was stealing the spotlight from his personal favorite Barbara Gordon) while Babs was controversially returned to being Batgirl after over two decades, most of it as Handicapped Badass Oracle. It was since undone and Cass was returned, albeit not as Batgirl. Now, Cass is making her big screen movie in the DCEU while Barbara is nowhere to be seen. It does subvert what just about everyone thought would happen. It's funnier when you realize that Barbara isn't present in the series based on her comic, and it's like Cass is basically getting her meta-revenge by replacing her.
      • Allegedly the reason Barbara is not in the movie is because DC/WB don't want her in an R rated movie. It coubld due to her being well known and in a lot of stuff that's aimed at kids like DC Super Hero Girls, and given the one R rated project she's been in portrayed her rather ... unconventionally. It could also be that they don't mind her being in something R-rated eventually, they would just rather have her film debut be in something PG-13. Another possibility is that it might be done to save the first appearance of Babs for her own movie that's being written by Christina Hodson (the cast of Birds of Prey is pretty sizeable already). The Batgirl movie has yet to announce which iteration of the character it will be based on.
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    • Aquaman changed Black Manta's name from David Hyde to David Kane, making his name nigh-identical to another villain with a heroic child... who's now also starring in the DCEU!
    • Gail Simone, considered the definitive writer of the team, wanted to use Cass for the Birds of Prey but couldn't due to executive veto. After all these years, Cass is finally making her big screen debut in the Birds of Prey movie and will be a member of the team.
    • Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing Huntress after having previously acted alongside future Captain Marvel star Brie Larson and Chris Evans who played Captain America in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has also been a source of amusement for many fans. And she also dated former Superman (and future Atom) Brandon Routh in the same film!
    • The actresses for Huntress and Black Canary have worked with the actresses playing the other's Arrowverse counterparts. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Katie Cassidy were main cast members of Black Christmas (2006), while Jurnee Smollett and Jessica de Gouw were main cast members of Underground.
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    • Speaking of the Arrowverse, the plot of this movie is apparently that Batman has left Gotham and it's up to a female superhero(es) to save the day. Sound familiar?
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Prior to the team line-up (Black Canary, Huntress, and Cassandra) being officially confirmed, there was a lot of backlash from fans of the comics over the fact the film was being marketed as a Harley Quinn-focused movie and that the line-up was rumoured to be more of a generic all-ladies team of superheroes, rather than the very specific line-up of the Birds of Preynote . The impression was they were just slapping the name onto any old project instead of actually adapting Birds of Prey. This died down once it was clear that the cast is going to be the classic Birds team with Barbara swapped for Cassandra. Still, some anger remains at the fact Harley is playing a lead role in the movie, and that Oracle is apparently not featured. This has also died down some when Robbie later confirmed that Harley’s not the main character, Cassandra is. Harley is the Wild Card whom they happen to bump into. It’s also now believed as stated above that the decision to keep Barbara out of the project came from the top for currently unclear business reasons.
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    • A milder case occurred with the announcement that Christina Hodson would be writing the movie, as the two released movies she has written as of 2018 (Shut In and Unforgettable (2017)) were critically-panned Cliché Storm horror movies that were also Box Office Bombs. However this seems to have died down a bit as she also wrote Bumblebee, which has gotten rave reviews. It's also worth noting that something similar happened before with David S. Goyer, who wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Christopher Nolan for Batman Begins after writing and directing the critically-panned Blade: Trinity.
    • Aside from a few bigoted fans, the casting of a non-white actress as Black Canary hasn’t gotten much backlash. However, there are some fans who argue that if the filmmakers wanted to make the team more diverse, Huntress would have been a more logical choice, since her New 52 counterpart is already Ambiguously Brown.note  There’s also the fact that there are several existing non-white heroines associated in with the team in the comics like Vixen and Katana, the latter of whom some fans were hoping would show up here.
    • The news of Cassandra Cain being in the film drew cheers from her long-term fans, but when a twelve-year-old was cast instead of, well, someone old enough to be the college aged Batgirl, this resulted in jeers and fears that the film was copying Logan, which itself aged down X-23 to a child.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Quite a few people have expressed interest in this movie just because Cassandra Cain is making her movie debut in it.
    • Ditto for fans of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn who just want more of her.
  • Memetic Mutation: The news of Ewan McGregor being cast as Black Mask necesitated a resurgence of Prequel memes.
  • Older Than They Think: Some critics of Jurnee Smollett's casting have argued that it's not right for an iconic blonde bombshell like Black Canary to be played by an actress who isn't a natural blonde. These people are apparently unaware the comics had already long ago established that Black Canary isn't a natural blonde, and that her hair color is the result of either a wig or a dye job, Depending on the Writer.
  • Unexpected Character: Who would've thought that Birds of Prey would have Cassandra Cain as one of the main characters, while Barbara Gordon is (so far) entirely absent? It's really notable in that Cass has a storied history of always being shafted by the higher-ups at DC, and practically no one thought we'd ever see her in a movie or really anything outside the comics. As stated above it's believed that Barbara was kept out of this project due to the powers that be not wanting her in an R-rated movie though the exact reason behind that desire is unclear.
  • Win the Crowd:
    • The project and line-up got people very excited, especially those eager to see Cassandra Cain brought to life.
    • Mary Elizabeth Winstead's casting got widely praised, since she resembles the character. It also helps that she's a popular choice in many a comicbook fan-casting for years.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Jurnee Smollett's casting as Black Canary, as mentioned in Internet Backdraft above. Some feel that, even if you put the Race Lift aside, she doesn't look much like the character.


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