Director Cathy Yan has revealed the dark humor and female-empowerment themes drew her to the script for Warner Bros.' Birds of Prey.
Written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Batgirl), the DC superhero film will reportedly feature a cast that includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya.
“I could not put the script down," Yan said Tuesday at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. "It had so much dark humor to it, which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment, which are so strong and relatable. So I went in with, not with confidence, but at least a sense that I belonged in the room, that somehow magically in terms of timing and luck that this opportunity was open to me and I was definitely going to make the best of it.”
Birds of Prey is only Yan's second feature, after Dead Pigs, leading to a question about how she landed such a high-profile job.
"I did my homework," she explained. "I wouldn't say it was easy, but it was relatively painless and straightforward. I immediately loved the script and it felt like something I could really do, and it felt very much like my own voice."
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Rosie Perez. It's scheduled for release on Feb. 7, 2020.