The director of ‘Birds of prey’ opinion about the feeling of failure of box office: “Perhaps we were not prepared”


Few films have had time to shine at the box office so far this year due to the coronavirus. However, ‘Birds of Prey (and the fantabulosa emancipation of Harley Quinn)’ was not highly affected by the pandemic, or the closure of the cinemas. Despite this, and being a movie with Margot Robbie again as Harley Quinn, not reached the expectations that you had for a movie of DC and he ended up raising 201,85 million dollars worldwidebeing 84,15 million from theaters in the united States. Even so, they overcame plenty of the budget of 84.5 million dollars, which had the tape.

Birds of prey

Its director, Cathy Yan, explained to the Hollywood Reporter how you think that was the problem, especially comparing the headlines positive the premiere of a film like ‘Le Mans ’66’, he did not do something very different to ‘Birds of Prey’, but is treated like a success to be a movie that was not part of a franchise: “I know that the study had expectations really high with the film – all we had. There were also expectations unduly, for a film led by women, and most of all I disappoint is that perhaps proved that still we were not ready for this. That was a weight added to that, as director of woman and of color, she had already put me in all ways. So yes, I think that there were different ways of interpreting the success or lack of success of the film, and everyone has the right to do so. But, I think that everyone jumped very quickly to the true angle”.

However, in the interview he also admits that the positive responses, especially from a sector of the public, yes exceeded their expectations: Many people, especially many women and young people, felt that their voices, their people, themselves… they were represented for the first time on the big screen. When we got to make the movie, certain decisions, whether they were casting or even how they look or dress the characters, it was something deliberate, but never really thought about it in the global impact of those decisions. That was very nice”.

The scene that they had to fight

Cathy Yan also take the opportunity to highlight a scene for which he had to fight to stay in the final assembly: the Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) forcing a girl of your nightclub to take off the clothes rise to a table: “I’ll be honest: we had to fight to keep it because it was uncomfortable. It was a risk, and we had to fight for it. There are cuts of the movie without it. I think that is a point of inflection is huge for Roman, and to the Canary islands (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and the way in which we shoot I hope that he was not as sexual violence towards women. It was more about Roman, what you are capable of and Canary seeing who is of the truth for the first time. Now you can walk away from it all, and I think that was an important scene. That’s why we fought for it”.

‘Birds of Prey’ is now available for rent and purchase in a digital format.