Ewan McGregor has just been cast as villain Black Mask, alongside the returning Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Scott Pilgrim’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and True Blood’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. Fans of the DC Comic will know that it’s usually Batgirl, not Harley Quinn, who completes this trio of heroines, but this is the three the movie is plumbing for.
That decision could work out though. Margot Robbie has already proved capable of drawing a crowd, so tinkering seems like the least of Warner Bros’ worries. Birds Of Prey has a less than illustrious history when it comes to adaptions, with the 2002 TV show (this time with Harley as lead villain) flopping miserably. And while Ewan McGregor is a huge talent with a considerable fan base, Black Mask is a villain heralded by comic fans but largely unknown to the rest of the public. He’s not a seat filler the way the Joker or Loki would be.
Despite the cast, it’s clear that there are some traps they need to avoid, as well as paths that seemingly lead to glory.
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