It wasn’t long ago that big-screen superhero movies were dominated by men, yet the success of such films as Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” and Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” have opened the door for a wave of female-led superhero flicks.
The latest is “Birds of Prey”, a sequel of sorts to 2016’s “Suicide Squad”, focusing on Margot Robbie’s baseball bat-wielding Harley Quinn as she partners with a cadre of feisty females to take on villainous mob boss Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) and henchman Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina).
McGregor was on hand for the Los Angeles premiere of “Birds of Prey”, where he spoke about the film’s hot-button themes.
“We talked about it — we were both really proud to be in a film that tackled misogyny, not only in sort of the extreme ends of misogyny, but also the everyday, mild misogyny that women have to put up with,” said McGregor, referring to co-star Messina.
“This film’s peppered with references to that,” he added. “We were just proud to be part of that and to be the misogynists in the movie, to help flag that up to guys who need to know that that time’s done.”
During the premiere, Robbie — who is also one of the film’s executive producers — and co-star Jurnee Smollett-Bell (who plays Black Canary) discussed their excitement about working on a set full of females.
“We realized that in a lot of the films and projects prior [to ‘Birds of Prey’] we were one of the only females on set,” said Smollett-Bell, “and it was so refreshing to just come to work and this is the new norm.”
Robbie agreed. “Being one of the only females on set felt normal,” she admitted. “Then you get on this set and you’re like, ‘Oh, I guess this is the new normal.’ It’s like women everywhere.”
“Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” hits theatres on Feb. 7.