Margot Robbie Says Harley Quinn Will Be ‘Less Male Gaze-y’ in ‘Birds of Prey,’ Film Still Aiming For R Rating

IndieWire | 2/7/2020 | Staff
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Margot Robbie will follow up her big 2019 (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Jay Roach’s star-studded Roger Ailes drama) with an even bigger 2020 thanks to the release of “Birds of Prey.” The Warner Bros. tentpole finds the Oscar nominee reprising her “Suicide Squad” role of Harley Quinn opposite Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask. The superhero film is powered by women, with Robbie serving as producer and “Dead Pigs” helmer Cathy Yan in the director’s chair, and that’s one reason Harley Quinn won’t be presented only as an object of desire.

“That’s what happens when you have a female producer, director, writer,” costume designer Erin Benach recently told Vogue about making some slight alterations to Harley Quinn’s “Suicide Squad” look in order to better empower the character.

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“Yeah, it’s definitely less male gaze–y,” Robbie added.

Benach went straight into work on “Birds of Prey” following “A Star Is Born.” Her other costume designer credits include Nicolas Winding Refn films “Drive” and “The Neon Demon,” plus “Loving,” “The Light Between Oceans,” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.” David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” was widely criticized for fetishizing...
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