Major breaking news!
Talented filmmaker, as well as all around creepy dude, James Gunn has confirmed on Instagram that he has read the script for the upcoming Birds of Prey film!
OK, maybe it’s not that big a deal, but it did come up when he was answering questions from fans on his Instagram stories feed. After all, he is currently shooting the Suicide Squad sequel/reboot with Harley Quinn herself, Margot Robbie.
But it is an interesting piece of news, nonetheless.
First of all, he confirmed that Birds of Prey will not be a stand-alone film like Joker, but instead will be part of the current continuity of the DC Extended Universe.
Whatever that continuity is and how they will fit another Batman reboot into it while at the same time not rebooting Harley’s character, who is part of the Batman franchise, is as much a mystery to me as it is to everyone else.
Second, the other reason it’s interesting is that though he tells everyone how much he loves working with Margot Robbie, he does not take the time to bother saying anything about what he actually thinks about the script.
Usually, in cases like this, Hollywood types will take the time to at least show support for someone else’s project by throwing some sort of compliment towards their friend’s upcoming movie.
“It’s really funny!”
“Everyone is going to love it!”
“It’s gonna be a big hit!”
Not Gunn, he just says he read it and leaves it at that.
Now everyone here at this site loves a good conspiracy theory. So is Gunn’s silence on the quality of the script a sign that it’s as bad as the trailer makes it look?
Maybe. It does look quite awful.
After Guardians of The Galaxy, he’s built up a lot of street cred with the online crowd.
Perhaps he knows if he gives Birds of Prey’s script an 👌 emoji it will come back to haunt him and make him look like just another studio shill.
Or maybe now that Marvel has rehired him for Guardians 3, he just doesn’t care enough about the DC universe to give a thumbs up.
As I’ve said before, I’m a big DC mark, so I always go in wanting the DCEU to do well and make good movies. When I heard how bad the reaction was to the Birds of Prey trailer weeks ago, I thought people were complaining just to complain.
Then I saw it myself and — oh my God — there was no defense for it.
Margot Robbie is as good as you could ask for her to be as Harley Quinn, but for some reason, she just doesn’t do it for me personally.
It’s like if Australia needed to send out their version of a generic blonde to compete against Charlize Theron, they would send her —if that even makes any sense.
Though what person in their right mind has ever read a Batman comic and thought Rosie Perez would make a good Renee Montoya?
They are really making me start to regret getting that new Harley Quinn phone case over the weekend.