Harley Quinn's Birds of Prey: All you need to know

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The DCEU can be a confusing place. Sorry... Worlds of DC.

We've got two Joker movies (with two different actors) coming our way, Suicide Squad 2, a Joker / Harley movie AND something called Birds of Prey, which is actually another Harley Quinn movie.

It can be harder to keep up with than Harley on roller skates (deep-cut comics reference there, you're welcome), but don't worry! We've decided to load up our Bat-Computer to examine Birds of Prey, so at least you'll know what's going on there.

And what's going on there is actually pretty exciting, so pick up your baseball bat, put your hair into multi-coloured pigtails, and let's meet those Birds of Prey, puddin'.

Birds of Prey cast: Who will be in it?

Margot Robbie will of course be back as Harley Quinn as, otherwise, there's not much point in doing a Harley spin-off.

She's described Birds of Prey as an "R-rated girl-gang film including Harley". "I was like, 'Harley needs friends'. Harley loves interacting with people, so don't ever make her do a standalone film," Robbie said.

Which means we're looking at an ensemble piece, with plenty of previously unseen (on the big screen) comic characters joining Harley – and Robbie wants those characters to be diverse.

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So far, we know the movie will feature Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. They'll be joined by newcomer Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain and Rosie Perez as Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

They'll be facing off against Ewan McGregor's Black Mask and he'll be joined by Chris Messina as sadistic serial killer Victor Zsasz.

According to Variety, Modern Family and Blue Bloods star Michael Masini has also joined the cast in an unknown role.

And if you want your first look at the cast in action, check out the first-look teaser video that was released to mark the start of production:

Birds of Prey release date: When's it out?

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The spin-off movie started filming in late January 2018 ahead of its scheduled release date of February 7, 2020.

In the build-up to the start of filming, Robbie revealed on her Instagram that the full title of the movie was the rather wordy Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). And yes, it is official.

And if that wasn't enough for you, Robbie also gave us the first look at the (slightly) different outfit for Harley Quinn in the spin-off movie.

Birds of Prey plot: What will it be about?

Unfortunately, plot details about the spin-off have been kept under lock and key, aside from the fact that we know it'll see Harley's girl gang take on Black Mask and his cohort Victor Zsasz.

It seems we'll have to wait to get more of an idea of what exactly it'll be about, but we're not expecting to see Jared Leto's Joker as, apparently, Harley has split from him at the start of the movie.

Birds of Prey director: Who will be in charge?

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Fittingly for a film about a girl gang, Birds of Prey will have a female director – Cathy Yan, who's best known for for directing Dead Pigs, which was a hit at Sundance this year and took the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting. Sounds like a good fit to us.

She'll be aided by Christina Hodson, who also wrote the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. Hodson has been teasing plenty of "fun little surprises for fans and for new people to the DC universe to discover" in the movie.

Birds of Prey trailer: When will we see it?

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Call us crazier than the Joker and Harley on date night, but we reckon we'll see a teaser trailer at Comic-Con this year.

The Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailer was such a smash, we'd expect them to want to replicate the magic for Birds of Prey.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is released in cinemas on February 7, 2020.

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