Warner Bros. and DC’s Birds of Prey is already set to accomplish a lot upon its release next year. It's already DC's first female group-led film, and it’s also the first superhero film directed by a female Asian director.
According to a new interview, it's also the film in the DC Extended Universe with the lowest production budget so far.
In a Vogue interview with Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie, it was revealed that Birds of Prey reportedly cost just $75 million to produce. That makes it the lowest production budget for a DCEU film to date – coming in significantly below Shazam!’s $100 million budget. Ironically, though, while that’s the lowest budget for a DCEU film, it’s actually the biggest project to date for Robbie’s LuckyChap production banner.
While it isn’t addressed in the interview, the lower production budget is more than likely due to the fact that the film is a much more grounded outing from Warner Bros. and DC. Its not nearly as visual effects heavy as a film such as Shazam! – or even 2016’s Suicide Squad, which is where Robbie first debuted as the fan-favorite Harley Quinn.
Still, the low budget shouldn’t be too surprising as Robbie previously stressed the budget would come in much lower than other DC titles last summer when she confirmed that the film would be a much different outing for DC. However, according to Robbie, Birds of Prey is currently coming in both on time and on budget. “Well, we’re on schedule and on budget, which is a wonderful place to be.”
The actress also briefly addressed the film’s possible R-rating, which could be another factor in keeping the budget down. When it was first announced that Robbie had pitched the project to the studio, she had envisioned it as an R-rated girl-gang film. “I think there’s a perception that a PG female-led action film is kind of considered a chick flick.”
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.