Birds of Prey Trailer Reaction: I Don’t Hate It

Here is my Birds of Prey trailer reaction. I watched it last night and again today. Anyone who knows me knows that I dislike the movie version of the Suicide Squad for a multitude of reasons. And, anyone who has seen that movie should agree that Harley was the best part of it. So, I am glad to see Margot Robbie reprise her role here in this movie, despite it’s unwieldy full title.

Anyway, onto the trailer. At first blush it looks like it’s carrying on the aesthetic of the Suicide Squad. Fine, if that’s what DC wants to do. Beyond that, I am happy to see that Harley is distancing herself from Joker. I know we need a little bit of that relationship because it is what defined the character for so long. Still, I hope they don’t spend too much time on it in this film. Get in, establish she’s left him behind, and move on. Easy peasy, giant hammer to your facey.

The image shows Harley Quinn form the new Birds of Prey trailer kissing a hyena.
Harely has a new Pudding!

Difficulties abound when judging a movie based on its trailer, and this one is no different. The sorrowful song playing over the whole thing makes it feel generic. Seriously, so many movie trailers do this nowadays it’s become boring. At least this one is a little different thanks to the song choice. Beyond that, though, it looks like there will be some good action, and comedic beats. Again, it’s truly difficult to tell because we don’t get much dialogue, though we can get a sense of the plot. Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask is apparently a new player in town, and it’s up to Harley and the rest of the birds to take him down.

Birds of Prey Trailer Reaction–Fans are Hard to Please

Even before the trailer dropped, people were complaining about the Black Mask not wearing a mask. And yeah, I get that. After all, it is kind of the character’s whole schtick. It would be like Joker looking like a gangster rather than a clown. Oh, wait…. Man, I dislike Suicide Squad so much.

Another fan reaction I have heard since the Birds of Prey trailer dropped is “This isn’t my BoP team!” Again, I can understand that. Everyone has characters and teams they love, and I am no different. While it’s true that Harley hasn’t traditionally been part of the team, movies are different. Plus, she’s the most bankable character in the movie, so of course they’re going to go with her. Why couldn’t they just make a Harley movie? Good question, and one I don’t have an answer for. Furthermore, I don’t really care.

In closing, I think this movie will be all right. Will it be a masterpiece of cinema? Doubtful. Will it have at least a few good performances and action sequences? I really hope so. Am I more excited about this than Joker? Definitely.

So, what’s your reaction to the Birds of Prey trailer? Let me know in the comments. And as always, thanks for reading.

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2 thoughts on “Birds of Prey Trailer Reaction: I Don’t Hate It”

  1. Before I get to my reaction- let state for the record that a) I’ve liked Harley Quinn since she was introduced in Batman: The Animated Series and b) My love for Harley couldn’t get me to watch Suicide Squad because it/ The Joker looked hideous.
    My first reaction to the trailer was ‘I sorta want to see this movie’. Maybe I’ll pay $7 for a matinee or borrow it from the library but I’d like to watch this movie.
    I then thought of the ‘behind the scenes’ as to Ewan McGregor not wearing the Black Mask. I figure that it’s because the studio paid $$ for McGregor and wanted to see that money on screen, sort of like how in the Marvel movies Disney paid $$$ for RDJ and that’s why we had several shots where we could see Tony’s face with the Iron Man Helmet around him.
    My next thought, which gets into ‘fans are hard to please’, is I would’ve preferred “Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.” to have been a Gotham Girls movie with Poison Ivy and Catwoman helping Harley instead of Huntress and Black Canary. I say this because I usually consider Ivy to be the one to help Harley with her Joker issues and I like their dynamics. However I could see the character choices might’ve been an editorial decision from DC/WB as Catwoman was in a recent movie and they might want Catwoman or Poison Ivy available for the next Batman/Batgirl movie.
    Lastly the fact that I’d like to swap out some of the characters doesn’t detract from the fact that the trailer looks amusing.

    1. Yeah, I see your point about Harley and Gotham girls being better. That would be fun, too. As far as Ewan, yeah they want to show his face. I do think he’ll get the mask by the end of the film. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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