Margot Robbie Says Birds of Prey Started With Huntress

Birds of Prey will give fans another dose of Margot Robbie’s hyperactive Harley Quinn. However, Harley wasn’t the focus of the film she initially pitched to Warner Bros. Pictures. Via Collider, Robbie explained that she actually wanted to tell a story about Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Huntress.

“I just loved Huntress, and with my initial pitch on the story, I said I wanted to keep it quite contained, get no bigger, and no world-ending stakes,” said Robbie. “Like the stakes were as big as perhaps mafia level or gang level.” 

“That’s when I started reading a lot of Huntress comics, obviously coming from a mafia family, and found her story,” added Robbie. “Plus, I always gravitate…well, not always, but I do often gravitate towards a revenge story because it is so straight forward, but you are so clearly motivated.”

Once Warner Bros. showed interest in that idea, Robbie noted that it was simply a matter of filling in Birds of Prey’s gaps.

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“After Huntress, it kind of fleshed out from there,” continued Robbie. “Which other members kind of counterbalance her revenge story, and Harley’s version of what’s right and wrong? You kinda needed a more moral character like Renee Montoya. We needed a cop in there. Canary obviously is so crucial to the Birds of Prey, we really wanted to introduce her as well. And then…Christina [Hodson], the writer, and I actually spoke about a lot of our favorite films, and wanted to pay homage to a few things, but, Leon The Professional was one of them, and we just loved that relationship – the, mentor and mentee, a very unexpected friendship there. We kind of found ourselves gravitating towards that as well.”

Birds of Prey will hit theaters on February 6, 2020.

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