As I already discussed with Harley Quinn, the film Birds of Prey does follow a theme of a fight for control. We live in a world where people among various races, classes and especially genders fight for control of their life. Harley Quinn fights for her own independence and status as a single woman. Huntress operates in a role we rarely ever see of women in film, the lone vigilante set-out for vengeance.
Birds of Prey is being read by many as an overly feminist film, deep with a critique on males. Yes, the film was written, produced and directed by women. Sure, the film sports a full female cast receiving top billing over the two male antagonists. People act as if somewhere Gloria Steinem is just gushing over this film. Warner Bros and DC Comics are pushing a politically feminist agenda with this film in today’s age. You can choose to believe this if you are male, overly privileged, ignorant or.... Alex Jones. Truth of the matter is, this film is far from political.
It's out, The Batman costume test with Robert Pattinson. Of course, people are already making their voices heard. You can find plenty of likes and plenty of dislikes. Kevin Smith reportedly loves it. Meanwhile, some are comparing it to Netflix's Daredevil. Let us look beyond pure aesthetic taste. You can like it or hate it, not the case here. Robert Pattinson's costume from this teaser can already tell us about the story and this Batman.
We finally have our first all-female team-up comic book film with the Birds of Prey. Honestly, I do not think people know how big of a deal this is. A film based on this premise, along with its vast array of characters has quite a future to offer. Sadly, many are already claiming it a flop, even before its release. In addition, many non-viewers want it to flop to essentially keep their fragile egos in flux. Here’s a list of what a successful Birds of Prey box-office run could give us!
Birds of Prey is out in theaters now. Maybe now people can drop their nitpicky details and first-world complaints. Unfortunately, a sizeable chunk of comic book fandom does not behave that way. Going back to the trailer fan criticism has risen from the portrayal of Cassandra Cain’s character. Fans may know her best as Batgirl or Orphan. Even general audiences know this particular character never appeared in the film. However, one key aspect of character going decades back is her muteness. I dare say, it is for the best they left this out.
Birds of Prey is soon upon is and already a narrative is forming, calling the film a flop. How can this be you ask? How can what essentially be a Harley Quinn film be on the path to box office dud? First, this is really speculation. Rumors and insight be damned though, this speculation is sexist, misogynic fan boy wishing for a commercial failure. Our first totally female driven comic-book film is upon us, where men and fan boys have to sit back and cry over it.