The Early Reactions to Birds of Prey Hail the Glorious Mayhem of Harley Quinn’s World

The first reactions to Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) are pouring in, and we’re happy to report that folks seem as delighted as Harley herself often does. Director Cathy Yan and her star and producer Margot Robbie had a distinct vision for what Birds of Prey was going to be. Everything we’ve seen up until now, especially the last trailer, hinted at a go-for-broke approach to one of DC’s most colorful characters and her new band of friends. Robbie worked hard to get this film made and decided to highlight the lesser-known ladies of Birds of Prey over the already iconic Gotham City Sirens, whose ranks include Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

Birds of Prey centers on Harley Quinn and her new partners-in-crime. Those partners are Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco, making her big-screen debut), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez). They’ve come together to take out some very bad dudes; the supremely wicked Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) and his sidekick Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina). It seems that each of the ladies has done something to get on Roman’s bad side, so they’ll need to team up to take him out. 

The early reactions are all raves for Robbie, who we already knew was an absolutely perfect match for the role when she stole the star-studded ensemble Suicide Squad back in 2016. Yet it’s not just Robbie receiving the love; critics are delighting in her supporting Birds, Ewan McGregor’s villain, and the terrific action. In fact, many people are saying the film has some of the best fight choreography they’ve seen in a DC film.

Here are the early reactions. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7, 2020.

Featured image: Caption: MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN),” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Claudette Barius/ & © DC Comics


Bryan Abrams

Bryan Abrams is the Editor-in-chief of The Credits. He's run the site since its launch in 2012. He lives in New York.