The Birds of Prey movie centered around Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has added four new heroes to the mix: Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain and Renee Montoya, according to The Wrap. While the villain remains unknown, rumors indicate it will be a Batman villain never before shown on the big screen.
While the Suicide Squad movie was a critical failure, it was a commercial success. And Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the breakout star of the picture, giving her the clout to push for an all-female movie set in the DC universe.
Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) based on a script by Christina Hodson (Batgirl). Robbie is set to produce.
Here’s a quick rundown of the newly announced characters:
Dinah Lance inherited her crime-fighting instincts from her mother, the original Black Canary. In addition to being one of the world’s top martial artists, Lance possesses a superhuman “Canary Cry” — a scream so powerful it can shatter concrete.
Cassandra Cain is the daughter of assassins David Cain and the deadly Lady Shiva. Cassandra was never spoken to or allowed to speak as a child, forcing her to rely on body language as a sole means of communication. This made her a borderline inhuman hand-to-hand combatant.
Caine joined Batman after her bested her in combat. She has operated under the superhero aliases of Batgirl, Black Bat and Orphan.
Helena Bertinelli is the daughter of a major crime boss in Gotham City. At night, she attempts to right the wrongs her father had committed as the deadly Huntress. She is an expert marksman, and uses custom crossbows to bring down her prey, along with a variety of hand-to-hand weapons.
Detective Renee Montoya is one of Gotham City’s finest police officers. As a member of the elite Major Crimes Unit, she was tasked with bringing down villains like Two-Face, Mr. Freeze and even the Joker.
During the New 52 storyline, Montoya assumed the identity of the masked vigilante “The Question,” after inheriting the legacy from the original Question Vic Sage.