I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is bothered by the complete lack of Babs. She’s the main bird part of Birds of Prey. Her and Black Canary are the original Birds of Prey, just having Canary doesn’t necessarily justify having it called Birds of Prey, she’s been on multiple teams, it’s her and Barbra specifically that make the team what it is. Later on, they added Huntress, (who I’m hoping they finally get right in this movie as she’s one of my favorite comics characters,) later on when the team expanded, so having her doesn’t necessarily justify the title either. I missed the Cassandra Cain part completely, but her stint as Batgirl doesn’t justify calling the movie Birds of Prey either.
To be honest, while I hope for the best with this movie and I’m glad to see Huntress on the big screen, and I love that they used one of my favorite minor villains, Black Mask, as the main antagonist and Ewan McGregor is a great actor and I’m confident he’s going to do fantastic as the character. The movie looks like a step up from Suicide Squad and a very positive direction for Harley. However, I would rather there be a Harley Quinn solo movie instead having the Birds of Prey crammed in.
That being said, I’m very glad that they seem to be going in a positive direction with Harley Quinn, instead of romanticizing her relationship with Joker and having her hate him and become independent instead, but they could do that better in a solo movie and have other characters included in the movie, helping along her character arc of becoming more independent and getting over guys like the Joker, and having her finally see the Joker for the monster that he is, retconing his depiction in Suicide Squad, revealing him to be a series of Jokerized henchmen and doctors and even random people of the street he forced to act like him, drugging Harley to make her hallucinate a fictional version of him with the weird image being a byproduct of Harley’s drug induced imagination. He drugged her with something he mixed up with supplies he acquired at Arkham the moment they first met. She had been seeing her own fictional version of him ever since. He eventually made her take the same chemical he did, but with his concoction in her system it didn’t really work quite right, but it achieved the Joker’s desired effect. It resulted in altering her DNA in a different way than his. This was all part of his big joke. At first he interacted with her personally, manipulating her and twisting her mind until he broke it. Then, he rebuilt it to where she could be nothing but loyal at the sight of him, which thanks to the drug mixing with the chemicals was far more frequently than he cared to actually be there, and always in her head. Now all he has to do is spray other people with a little something new he cooked up and the fumes it emits triggers an effect in Harley’s DNA similar to his homemade drug he dosed her with every time they met up until the chemical bath, which he claimed only had a ninety SEVEN percent chance of killing her painfully. That’s MUCH better than one hundred. At least that what he said right before pushing her into the vat. He knew it wouldn’t kill her, but it would be funnier if she didn’t and was expecting the die in agony with those being the last words she hears. So he lets out a laugh as she plunges in and doesn’t die. Subconsciously, she doesn’t think it’s very funny, but she’s compelled to laugh too. After long term exposure to the new drug he planned to have her fly a blimp shaped like a clown over Gotham with music and spray his Joket Toxin over the whole city. When Harley goes to inflate the blimp, she gets sucked up in it, along with a brand new Joker gas he created, interacting with her DNA and making a brand new Toxin made out of her DNA and everything else that dissolved away in the new concoction that would be released all over Gotham, filling the streets and Jokerizing all it comes to contact with until they’re all mindless jackals filling the streets with laughter and chaos, unable to control themselves or stop until they drop. It’s his ultimate party and all of Gotham is going to celebrate along with him. They follow one rule, always protect the Joker for as long as your lifespan allows. Just as long as he can keep Batman distracted with Harley and keeps getting exposed to the same poison she’s covered with and that his various sudojoker’s are spraying into the air around him, fighting them while he’s developing his new toxin and getting his plan ready. He’s endlessly entertained by the side effect it had on Batman, making him so violent. He did miss Batman while he was away though so he did actually resurface once to try and bait Batman, showing himself without the drug and sending a very loud calling card to get Batman’s attention. He’s insulted when he finds out Batman didn’t even bother to show up, he just sent Robin. So he sent Batman a momento from the party that he missed and sent Jason Todd with the message. Unfortunately, Batman finds out about his plan with Harley before he can start and allows to see him as he truly is. After that, she sets out alone and ready to prove her Independence, when she meets Poison Ivy and Catwoman and together they take down Black Mask together, but for sperate reason and Harley uses him as a representation of Joker and takes him down to prove to herself that she really is over Joker. At least that’s how the movie should have been and it should have had the title Gotham City Sirens.
Sorry for getting a bit off track there at the end.