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Warner Bros. has plenty to celebrate when it comes to the studio’s slate of superhero features, from the box office-busting success of “Aquaman” to the highly anticipated opening of this week’s “Shazam!,” but at Tuesday afternoon’s CinemaCon presentation, the focus on the future turned to some new avenues: more films fronted and driven by women. Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming slate of superhero movies features two much-hyped features that follow female stars, including Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 1984” and Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey,” and both films were teased in early footage.
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While Warner Bros. didn’t dedicate a full trailer reveal or in-person panel to either film, as they did with other big budget features like “It: Chapter Two” and Todd Phillips’ upcoming “Joker,” the panel did dedicate a segment to early looks and behind the scenes footage of both films, slated for 2020 releases. And, in hopes of connecting the rising DCEU into one big, happy bundle, “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa introduced the package via a pre-taped hello.
The theme is obvious: these are different superhero stories, as the sizzle reel led off with Jenkins touting the versatility of her characters, as Yan echoed the sentiment, noting that “that these stories have infinite potential.”
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For “Birds of Prey,” the sizzle reel served as a quickie introduction to a perhaps confusing-sounding story. As star Margot Robbie explained in a behind the scenes interview, her Harley Quinn isn’t actually one of the Birds of Prey, but she occasionally hangs with a “girl gang” that is “batshit crazy.” That crew actually includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, all of whom also appeared in the reel, which briefly showed them off in costume and...
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