A few months ago, we reported that Birds of Prey 2 looked to be dead at Warner Bros., after the Harley Quinn spinoff didn’t do as well as expected at the box office. In a new interview, Margot Robbie has commented on the possibility of a Birds of Prey sequel, and it’s not looking good for the DC property.
In a recent interview, Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie was asked if there would be a Birds of Prey 2. The Harley Quinn actress responded, “I don’t know. Nothing imminent at this stage, nothing worth mentioning.” The news isn’t exactly surprising, considering that Birds of Prey’s box office returns were lower than any other film in the DC Extended Universe. Considering Birds of Prey reportedly had a budget between $82-100 million, its $201 million worldwide take is disappointing. By comparison, the previously lowest release was Shazam! With $365 million, and the sequel for that film was announced soon after.
Yet considering Birds of Prey had a relatively low budget for a DC film, and is one of the best-reviewed films in the DC Universe, it’s a shame we probably won’t see a Birds of Prey 2. However, now that this group has been introduced into the DC Universe, it’s possible we could see them in a future release. We already know that Margot Robbie will be returning as Harley Quinn in next year’s The Suicide Squad, and as one of the most exciting female characters in this universe, it seems unlikely that would be the last we see of Robbie’s Harley.
But Birds of Prey also brought in plenty of new characters that could always appear down the line. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell blowing up this year on HBO’s Lovecraft Country, we could see Black Canary in a future release. The same could certainly be true of Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s The Huntress, and possibly even Chris Messina’s terrifying take on Victor Zsasz. Even if there isn’t a Birds of Prey 2, these characters could certainly live on in other films.
Despite Birds of Prey 2 not likely to happen, it looks as though Margot Robbie and Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson will be taking that spirit to a new franchise. Robbie and Hodson have both signed on for a new, female-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean series for Disney. Fingers crossed these two find a way to bring breakfast sandwiches to the seas.
Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan already had some solid ideas for a theoretical Birds of Prey 2, which would center around the relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. While that would certainly be a cool focus of a new movie, it’s possible DC didn’t like that direction, considering their animated Harley Quinn series has already delved into that relationship. Currently, Cathy Yan is working on Sour Hearts for A24, which she will write and direct.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) was one of the most unique superhero films to come out from DC in years, so the news that Birds of Prey 2 likely won’t happen is somewhat of a letdown. But with Harley returning for The Suicide Squad, and Hodson and Robbie working on a new Pirates of the Caribbean, hopefully, some of the insanity of Birds of Prey will spread to these other projects.