With a recent teaser trailer and poster having been released for the upcoming Warner Bros. film Birds Of Prey, fans of the beloved comic book characters have already begun speculating as to who could be making surprise appearances. The film will be the eighth installment in the DC Extended Universe, as well as Margot Robbie's second reprisal as popular anti-heroine Harley Quinn.
Birds Of Prey has a number of popular characters from the comics that could be poised to make a guest appearance. Here are ten potential candidates who should at least have an honorable mention.
10 Barbara Gordon
It seems almost sacrilegious to have a live-action Birds Of Prey movie that doesn't feature Barbara Gordon. She is one of its founding members in the comics, alongside Black Canary. Although it appears that Harley Quinn has the spotlight in this outing, Batgirl deserves at the very least an honorable mention - or maybe a post-credits scene setting up her solo film.
Barbara Gordon could make an appearance as either Batgirl or Oracle, her other alter-ego following being paralyzed by The Joker. It would be a treat for fans to see her in action in a live-action outing that does her character justice.
If the DCEU wants to assemble an all-star roster of stand-out female characters for a live-action installment, then Zatanna should be included in the picture somewhere. The skilled magician has a powerset that has the potential to be translated dazzlingly on screen, as well as becoming a popular inspiration for cosplay in the same vein as Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Zatanna's use of magic would balance the abilities of the group, as Harley Quinn, Black Canary and Huntress are known more for their physical movesets. Her appearance could also link to a possible Justice League Dark film.
8 Red Hood
The murder of Robin has already been mentioned in the DCEU. Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne was shown staring morosely at his vandalized costume in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Harley Quinn was stated as an accomplice to his murder during her introductory scene in fellow 2016 release Suicide Squad.
It would be a smart call-back to previous films in the franchise to reintroduce Red Hood, Jason's Todd's post-resurrection incarnation, as a reminder that, though she may be working with heroes in this film, there is a reason why Harley Quinn was incarcerated in Belle Reve.
7 Poison Ivy
It is shocking that Poison Ivy's inclusion in this all-female installment hasn't already been announced. Her appearance in Birds Of Prey would be a perfect opportunity to introduce her comic book relationship with Harley Quinn to the live-action universe, as the duo of Ivy and the Clown Princess of Crime is a long-term pairing beloved by fans.
Poison Ivy is a vibrant, attention-grabbing character who would stand out in a live-action interpretation, inspiring cosplay and Halloween costumes for years. As a possible secondary antagonist for the team, she could be the link between Harley's criminal past and current heroic desires.
Another iconic female character from DC Comics and member of the Birds of Prey, Hawkgirl's appearance would be another treat for fans of her character as well as a valuable addition to the team.
Her origins may somewhat difficult to translate to live-action, considering the different versions tying her backstory to Ancient Egypt as well as the planet Thanagar, but Birds Of Prey should at least leave a hidden easter egg for fans to analyze.
Katana's character was already introduced in director David Ayer's 2016 film Suicide Squad alongside Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. The character, played by Karen Fukuhara, had a minor role as Rick Flagg's (Joel Kinnaman) bodyguard, with her whereabouts after the events of the film unknown.
Katana is a member of the Birds of Prey team in the comics and it would be a good opportunity to bring back another character from a previous film and tie-in the narrative of the DCEU.
Deathstroke is another character anticipated to make a proper entrance into the DCEU at some point in the near future. Though his presence would overshadow Ewan McGregor's Black Mask due to the popularity of the character, a guest appearance or honorable mention would increase hype for both film and franchise.
Deathstroke made an appearance in the post-credits scene for 2017's Justice League, in which he was shown plotting on a yacht with Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor.
3 Bud and Lou
These are technically two characters but they come as a pair. The iconic duo is the beloved hyena pets of Harley Quinn, debuting alongside the character in Batman: The Animated Series as well as the comic book Mad Love.
These two have featured in some of Harley's more humanizing moments on the small screen and in the comics. Their appearance in Birds of Prey, however minor, would be a welcome nod to the comic that fans would appreciate.
Vixen is another popular DC Comics character who would make for an impressive guest appearance in this all-female team-up. Vixen has worked with the Birds of Prey and the Suicide Squad in the comics, as well as being a member of the Justice League of America.
Harnessing the power of the Tantu Totem which gifts her with animalistic abilities, Vixen's powerful presence could provide a link between teams from the Birds of Prey to the Justice League in the DCEU.
If Warner Bros. is not prepared to release a Gotham City Sirens film soon, then Catwoman should at least have a special appearance in Birds Of Prey, alongside Poison Ivy, that could foreshadow a possible team-up at some point in the future for the three Gotham villains.
Selina Kyle is a fan-favorite and one of DC's most popular female characters. She could easily steal the show in Birds Of Prey as well as opening the door to a post-credits scene for the upcoming Batman film.