Harley Quinn’s second outing on the screen is not raking in cash as hoped. It is now lower than 2011’s Green Lantern, in estimated opening week collections.
Though Green Lantern was a huge critical as well as commercial failure. Critical reactions to Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has been positive as it has scored an 80% fresh rating and currently has an 84% audience score from 2,500 verified moviegoers on Rotten Tomatoes. It got a rating of B+ from the audience.
This has been the lowest start for a DC movie since the release of Josh Brolin and Megan Fox starrer Jonah Hex.
This disappointing performance is a thing to worry for the DC fans as DCEU is already hanging by a very thin thread as they somehow fail to find the right balance between their dark tones and lighter themes. And the fact that this is a female led superhero movie which couldn’t do well even after the path set on by Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel is also bad news.
It also does not do a whole lot of well for Suicide Squad as a main series, because Quinn was its breakout character amongst so much critical backlash. They have already lost their Joker after this year’s movie Joker because it is highly doubtful Leto will put on the clown make up after Phoenix’s performance especially after getting busy as Morbius.
And quite honestly the movie is good. DC after a long time got an earth shattering villain in Black Mask. He is terrifying, believe me.
Birds of Prey was directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, and stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, and Ewan McGregor. The film follows Harley Quinn as she joins forces with Helena Bertinelli, Dinah Lance, and Renee Montoya to save Cassandra Cain from Gotham City crime lord Black Mask.