Birds of Prey – or Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – or Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey – yes, the movie has been referred to by three different titles, the last of which came after WB decided to change the title for movie theaters. Personally, I think the third one is the one they should have went with in the first place, but it’s a little too late now. The movie, for whatever reason, had a disappointing opening weekend at the box office, coming in well-below initial projections for the DC Comics film.
Some blamed marketing, some blamed the title – and some have blamed sexism on the movie’s disappointing numbers.
When discussing the film back in October, Black Mask actor Ewan McGregor had said it’s a feminist film and gives a real look misogyny:
“What interested me with Birds of Prey is that it’s a feminist film. 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.”
“Misogynists in movies are often extreme: they rape, they beat women and it is legitimate to represent people like that, because they exist and they are obviously the worst. But in the Birds of Prey dialogues, there is always a hint of everyday misogyny, of those things you say as a man you do not even realize, mansplaining and it’s in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant.”
Some have said those comments made them uninterested in the film:
It’s hard to say what exactly made the movie have lower than expected numbers, but I know a lot of people I’ve talked to about the film didn’t even know it was out. So it could be a case of marketing. It’s also important to point out that it’s still early and the film could still have some box office legs, but with Sonic The Hedgehog coming soon, we’re not sure how it will play out.