Yes, Margot Robbie confirmed to Jimmy Fallon that Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is indeed the name of her upcoming Harley Quinn movie spin-off. It’s not exactly SEO friendly, but some have already pointed out its similarity to Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Robbie mentioned to Fallon how she always wanted a long title, like the 2013 film The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared. In any case, the point of it, she explained, is to help set the tone of the movie.
Fast forward to this past weekend and that cute little idea was one of the few factors that led up to a disappointing box office for the first (and possibly last) solo live-action Harley Quinn movie.
In lieu of this, the movie just underwent a name change in light of its less-than-stellar opening weekend, in hopes that will help its performance. We’ve learned (via Comic Book), that Warner Brothers has now officially changed the name of the film to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.
Although in my opinion, Harley Quinn AND the Birds of Prey sounds better. But this is the name change they went with. So if you are looking to reserve seats via Fandango or another app, startling looking under “H.”
Despite pretty stellar reviews, the movie under performed at the box office is this past weekend. Now, according to most sources, the film had a rather small budget for a comic book movie. Around $84 million dollars. That’s slightly less than Shazam! had, and that movie was considered a success. But at best, Birds of Prey can only hope to break even now.
There were a lot of things that went into the film falling completely flat on its face besides the title (a lot of which you can now listen to on the latest episode of the Hipsterzombiejoint Experience podcast here.)
The received a ton of praise from critics and I am still trying to understand why. The film which stars the hilarious Harley Quinn….was not funny. In fact a lot of the jokes just fell completely flat. The Birds of Prey had top billing in the title but took a major back seat to Quinn in what was supposed to be their movie. Not to mention the R-rating. It wasn’t needed. Do we really need to hear Harley yelling “fuck” a dozen times? No. Warner Bros really wanted this to be Deadpool, but the writing and directing failed to make a film that was funny and couldn’t even properly break through the 4th wall like Deadpool.
Deadpool was loved because of the mile a minute witty jokes and pot shots taken at the X-Men films and actors. If BoP was going to have Harley attempting to do the same, why not do…the same? I was bored in a Harley Quinn movie, that is something I never thought I’d EVER say. Don’t get me wrong the action scenes were good, but the characters were bland and Harley was just a hollow imitation of herself from Suicide Squad. A film that I dare say was better than BoP.
I guess when you try to shoehorn in diversity and gender just to say you did it, instead of hiring more qualified directors and writers, the overall product will suffer. Hopefully this will be the last harsh lesson DC Films/Warner Bros will have to learn. But I doubt it.