Birds of Prey is 'Less Male Gaze-y' Than Suicide Squad - Here's Why

Harley Quinn actor Margot Robbie promises a different spin on her character in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie.

Although there was some critique of  Quinn as an object of male gaze in Suicide Squad, Robbie told Vogue that the movie will be "less male gaze-y." One of the ways the production is achieving this is through a change to Quinn's wardrobe, which those who've seen the movie's promotional stills and teasers will quickly recognize as having been altered quite a bit since Suicide Squad.

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The film's costume designer, Erin Benach, said, "That’s what happens when you have a female producer, director, writer." Benach previously worked as costume designer on 2018's A Star Is Born.

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Male gaze is roughly defined as the act of depicting women in a way meant to appeal primarily to a male audience, casting female characters as sex or fantasy objects in the process.

Production on Birds of Prey wrapped in April and since then, little information has become available in regards to the film. That will more than likely change with this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego as Warner Bros. is expected to take the stage in Hall H once again.

Robbie is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which is scheduled for Aug. 6, 2021.

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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.

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