Harley Quinn’s incredible debut is overlooked

By: Leila Alarcon

It turns out Harley’s emancipation didn’t go as planned.

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     The new DC movie, “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)”, is a solo film for the one and only Harley Quinn (played by the extremely talented Margot Robbie). The movie follows Harley and her new girl gang on a journey to establish a name for themselves as they race against another villain to find a young girl named cass. 

     The movie gained a lot of attention from the media and an incredible soundtrack of all female artists to go along with the release of the film. However, the results of the films opening weekend were underwhelming. 

      “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” had high expectations for the box office, fifty million dollars to be exact. Unfortunately, the film only brought in thirty three million during its debut weekend. 

     Compared to DC’s last villain centered film “Joker”, “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is disappointing. “Joker” smashed the box office with its debut bringing in ninety six million dollars.

     “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)”isn’t bad nor is it badly received by audiences. In fact, the film was so greatly received by audiences that it’s inability to meet its expectations is rather confusing. 

     The film currently has an eighty one percent on rotten tomatoes and audiences gave it a B+ on CinemaScore. As expected, the film was liked by audiences much more than DC’s other villain centred movie “Suicide Squad”. 

     “Joker” was just a masterpiece and even won two of the eleven oscars that it was nominated for. Although, “Joker” was a much more serious film meant to leave audiences shocked while “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is similar to Marvel’s Deadpool, light hearted and meant to bring audiences satisfaction. 

     For people wondering if anyone would be playing Joker in the film, he makes no appearance. Joker is only mentioned in “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” for the sake of the plot line and reasoning for Harley’s emancipation from him. 

     It seems DC is directing audiences away from focusing on how big a role the Joker has on the plot line for this film because of people’s distaste for Jared Leto’s interpretation of him. The Joker that Joaquin Phoenix encompassed couldn’t be the Joker in this film either, even though audiences loved his version of Joker, because that Joker’s film was already established as separate from the DC extended universe and is much too mature for the Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)”.

     Not to many were upset about the missing Joker situation as no one desperatly wants the return of the Joker from “Suicide Squad”. Honestly, I don’t blame them for not wanting that Joker back because he wasn’t all that great.

     Hopefully the following weeks that “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is in theaters for are much kinder to the film. It’s a fantastic movie and Margot Robbie does such an incredible job at bringing such a lovable Harley Quinn to life. 

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