Ewan McGregor, who will star as the villain Roman Sionis/Black Mask in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), recently spoke to the film's portrayal of misogyny.
"What interested me with Birds of Prey is that it's a feminist film," McGregor told Premiere. "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 also praised the subtle way Birds of Prey's script handled common forms of misogyny, specifically mentioning "mansplaining."
McGregor is well-known for his portrayal as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, a role he will reprise for a new series on Disney+. He is also playing Danny Torrance in the upcoming film Doctor Sleep, which is based on a Stephen King novel of the same name and serves as a follow-up to The Shining.
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor, Steven Williams, Derek Wilson, Dana Lee, Francois Chau, Charlene Amoia, Chris Messina and Matthew Willig. The film is scheduled for release on Feb. 7, 2020.