Needless to say, Birds of Prey looks like quite the unique entry in the DC Extended Universe. It may have shades of Suicide Squad in it, but it has a tone wholly its own and, based on what we’ve heard, quite the bizarre plot. While we have heard they plan on changing the overall MacGuffin aspect, from what we know, the story revolves around Black Mask — played by Ewan McGregor — trying to prevent a set of dick pics from getting out in the world.
As I said, it sounds like that aspect is getting changed, but it sounds like the entire underpinning of the story will remain the same, and it’s one that seemed to have resonated with McGregor, as he revealed to Premiere Magazine (via ComicBook.com).
“What interested me with Birds of Prey is that it’s a feminist film,” McGregor told the outlet. “It is very finely written. There is in the script a real look on misogyny, and I think we need that. We need to be more aware of how we behave with the opposite sex. We need to be taught to change. Misogynists in movies are often extreme: they rape, they beat women … and it is legitimate to represent people like that, because they exist and they are obviously the worst. But in the Birds of Prey dialogues, there is always a hint of everyday misogyny, of those things you say as a man you do not even realize, mansplaining … and it’s in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant.”
I’ve mentioned this before, but Birds of Prey is a film I’ve been interested in since it was clear that its tone would be a bit wacky and off the wall, and this only further intrigues. As McGregor said, we’ve seen plenty of ham-fisted misogyny in film, but it’ll be interesting to something a bit more subtle and nuanced, which is important.
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