DC’s The Birds of Prey film may become DCEU’s first-ever R-rated movies. After having launched the DC Comics-based film universe in 2016, with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. started expanding the DCEU with Suicide Squad the same summer, and this had starred Will Smith (Deadshot) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and they were two of the members of Task Force X.
Despite having a lot of hype surrounding the movie, Suicide Squad was a failure, but it managed to become a great box office success. The movie had proven that big comic book film about the villains could work and it had also convinced the studio to keep Harley Quinn around for a long time. So, they have now commissioned 4 Harley Quinn projects, of which just one is moving forward: Birds of Prey.
In an interview, Margot Robbie had revealed that she had pitched for a Harley Quinn solo movie, which could be based on the Birds of Prey comics.
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”
It now looks like Birds of Prey may be the very first theatrical R-rated DCEU movie. Batman V Superman Ultimate Cut had been rated R, but the version was not the one that we finally got to see. What is more interesting is that the Batman V Superman movie is not the only Warner Bros. blockbuster movie to receive the R-rated version on home video.
Since there is just one Harley Quinn, it is yet to be seen which Harley film will enter the production first: Birds of Prey or Suicide Squad 2.
One complaint about the Suicide Squad was that it had been PG-13 when it should have been an R rated movie.
If Birds of Prey is an R-rated film, this may pave the way for Suicide Squad 2 to be rated R.