Ewan McGregor will soon be seen as Batman foe Black Mask in “Birds of Prey”, a sequel of sorts to “Suicide Squad” that shines the spotlight on the much-maligned DC Comics movie’s breakout character, Margot Robbie’s baseball bat-wielding sociopath Harley Quinn.
Speaking with French publication Premiere, McGregor says the film takes a seriously feminist point of view.
“What interested me with ‘Birds of Prey’ is that it’s a feminist film. 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,” McGregor told the magazine, as translated by Cinema Blend.
“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,” he added. “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.”
According to McGregor, the film takes on “mansplaining… and it’s in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant.”
“Birds of Prey” picks up where “Suicide Squad” left off, with Harley exiting her dysfunctional relationship with the Joker in order to team up with fellow female powerhouses Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to rescue Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from the evil clutches of McGregor’s Black Mask.
“Birds of Prey” hits theatres in Feb. 7, 2020.