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Margot Robbie explains the story behind that really long Birds of Prey movie title

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Dec 4, 2018

Let's talk about the super elongated title for director Cathy Yan's live-action Birds of Prey movie for Warner Bros.' DCEU.

Two weeks ago, Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) revealed that film's full name is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Not long after, Harley's co-creator, Paul Dini, voiced his support for the title, stating that it was very reflective of the character he had birthed with Bruce Timm.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Robbie confirmed that Harley's comedic (almost self-aware) side had a real impact on the rationale behind the movie's long title.

"You know, it’s not a very serious movie, so we thought the title should reflect that,” she said. “Birds of Prey makes it sound very serious, and then that’s kind of like Harley adding her ‘Don’t worry, I’m in this, too.’"

The title was also influenced by a humorous 2009 novel by Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson, whose work became a film in 2013.

“I love the long title," Robbie continued. "I actually said that when we were thinking of the title. You know what’s a great title? Did you ever see the The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared? Long title, but I love it.”

When asked by Fallon if filming had begun on Birds of Prey, Robbie said that shooting had not started but will do so in early 2019. She'll be starring opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Black Canary), Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya), Ewan McGregor (Black Mask), and Ella Jay Basco (Cassandra Cain).

Written by Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) swoops into theaters on February 7, 2020.


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