Fan favorite Batman villain Harley Quinn made her theatrical debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, played by Margot Robbie. Though the film wasn’t very well-received, Robbie’s performance was praised. Robbie’s Quinn is set to return in the sequel/reboot film The Suicide Squad in 2021, directed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. But before that, Quinn will join another DC team in a completely different film.
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Coming February 2020, Robbie will star and executive produce Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The film sees Harley Quinn trying to live her life without the Joker beside her. She discovers that a young Cassandra Cain, who will eventually become Batwoman, is being threatened by the villainous gangster Black Mask. She teams up with other female DC superheroes to rescue her.
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Warner Bros. released the first official poster for the film on Twitter:
The film is based on the superhero team of the same name, comprised almost entirely of females. Though the members have rotated over the years, the most well-known members of the team are Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, and several others.
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The theatrical Birds of Prey team consists of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Rosie Perez as Gotham City police officer Renee Montoya. Ewan McGregor will be playing Black Mask.
Jai Nitz is a comic book writer best known for creating “El Diablo”, one of the lead characters in Suicide Squad. Nitz took a hit to his career in the Spring of this past year when Hannah Strader posted an in depth description of the assault she faced at the hands of Nitz.
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In this post, titled ‘Assault Isn’t Always Obvious, Here’s My Story,’ Strader describes meeting Nitz while he was guest speaking at Kansas University. When Nitz asked her out to drinks over twitter a few days later Strader says she “felt [she] was leaning into a mentorship.”
However, when Nitz began barraging her with sexual questions, she realized the man had different intentions.
Strader states that the evening ended with Nitz forcibly kissing her, after she had clearly expressed her discomfort towards him multiple times. Strader reported the event to her professors, who in return reported it to the school, resulting in Nitz’s presence being banned within the Kansas University School of Journalism.
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KCTV5 News reported that “within 24 hours of posting, Strader said she heard from ten other women who said Nitz had also sexually assaulted them.” Now dozens of women have come forward with similar stories.
Right now Nitz is the subject of multiple police investigations, though he has yet to be charged or arrested. Those who have come forward seek to warn other women about Nitz’s predatory behavior, and the patterns of assault that seem to form in the comic book industry.
Strader has stated that:
[I]f this happened to me by searching for a creative writing mentor, I can’t imagine the kind of influence he would have over young women who are genuinely interested in comics or come to see him at these events. It’s a power structure inequality that he has used to his advantage and I’ve been told that I’m not the only one to experience this behavior from him. I’ll be the one to talk about it.
In a sudden and unexpected news, Deadline reports that James Gunn has been rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3! This seems completely out of left field, especially after months of silence from both Disney and Marvel about the situation but Deadline has confirmed the news is legitimate. James Gunn has been reinstated for his beloved franchise, a news that will elicit a shriek of glee from Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.
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James Gunn was fired after alt-right journalists dug up his old tweets from a decade ago where he made pedophilia jokes. The tweets were horrific but Gunn has admitted they were a deep mistake and has since matured beyond those days. They were a decade ago, after all. But Disney quickly pulled the trigger once the tweets were reported by news outlets and Gunn was fired. However, since then Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn multiple times. Moved by Gunn’s public apology and his mature handling of the situation, Horn rehired James Gunn.
James Gunn’s words were not defensible but he has matured since the tweets and his words were simply that: words. Unlike others in his situation (Kevin Hart or Kevin Spacey), James Gunn has not engaged in the behavior he poked fun at. In any case, this is good news for Marvel fans and certainly good news for James Gunn. Although Marvel and Disney have remained mum on production details, it is known that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will commence production once Gunn’s next project, Suicide Squad 2, finishes. Gunn took the project after he was fired from the Guardians franchise, making his return to Marvel all the more of a surprise, considering the Suicide Squad franchise is owned by DC.
We’ll keep you updated for further details but for now, let’s all welcome back Gunn to where he belongs!