Ewan McGregor says Harley Quinn’s upcoming stand-alone flick takes a hard look at misogyny
News of Margot Robbie’s stand-alone Harley Quinn film was announced not long after the success of her performance in Suicide Squad. Since then, anticipation has been brewing as fans await the theatrical release of “Birds of Prey” on February 7 of next year. The Cathy Yan-helmed flick can be a mouthful with Warner Bros. dubbing it as “The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Miss Harley Quinn.”
Starring as the antagonist of the film is McGregor. The British actor is taking on the role of Roman Sionis/Black Mask a ruthless crime lord making his debut in the DC Extended Universe. In a recent interview with France’s Premiere while promoting his upcoming “Doctor Sleep,” McGregor explains that he gravitated toward the feminist themes of the film.
As per Cinemablend, the actor tells Premiere:
“What interested me with ‘Birds of Prey’ is that it’s a feminist film. It is very finely written. There is in the script a real look on misogyny, and I think we need that. We need to be more aware of how we behave with the opposite sex. We need to be taught to change.”
The actor then pointed out the misogyny displayed in the cinema. “Misogynists in movies are often extreme: They rape, they beat women… and it is legitimate to represent people like that because they exist and they are obviously the worst. But in the ‘Birds of Prey’ dialogues, there is always a hint of everyday misogyny, of those things you say as a man you do not even realize,” he adds.