Harley Quinn is no doll…

Margot Robbie returns to her iconic role as the sweet psycho villanelle Harley Quinn.

In the midst of recurring girl gang films budding up all around Hollywood, comes one that may very well change the game — Birds of Prey follows Harley Quinn in her days after she splits from the Joker and finds an identity of her own.

Robbie will be joined by a cast of several other bad-ass women in various roles of hero, villain, and those somewhere in between. Interestingly, Robbie’s costars are relatively unknown, but I think it will make for a far more compelling film that focuses on the characters rather than getting distracted by the star power (which I think is becoming a more frequent problem in these Team Up films). Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Huntress and Rosie Perez plays Renee Montoya. Also joining the cast is Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain — AKA Batgirl — in her much younger years. Ewan McGregor also stars as the supervillain Black Mask.

The theme of this film looks to be, among other things, empowerment. We got a glimpse of this from Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, so these feels like a very natural progression for this version of the character. The plot revolves around them attempting to save Cain from a drug overload, therefore quite literally setting her free.

What I am really excited about is the fact that this film was directed by Chinese-American director Cathy Yan, so I’m looking forward to what she can bring to this story. From the trailer, I can see a well crafted aesthetic and a character-driven plot.

Despite the poor reception for Suicide Squad, I have a lot of faith in Birds of Prey. Regardless, it’s a solo Harley Quinn movie with Margo Robbie at the helm — all that equals nothing much anticipation from me!

Birds of Prey is in theaters February 7, 2020.