There is little doubt that Birds of Prey is all about the slightly unhinged women of DC comic books but Ewan McGregor strongly believes that the highly anticipated Warner Bros. flick is a true feminist film.
McGregor, who plays the villainous Black Mask in the DC Extended Universe movie, recently spoke to French magazine Premiere about what drew him to the project.
"What interested me with Birds of Prey is that it’s a feminist film. It is very finely written, the script takes 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," he said. "We need to be taught to change."
So how exactly does Birds of Prey manage to do this? The star of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series also pointed out that it's all about showing the right amount of misogyny to show men what they're doing wrong.
"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 dialogue of Birds of Prey, there is always a hint of everyday misogyny, of those things you say as a man you do not even realize, mansplaining … All it’s in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant," McGregor said.
Of course, that doesn't mean that the women in Birds of Prey are perfect, but they're definitely trying their best. For instance, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) finally gets out of a toxic relationship with the Joker and teams up with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from McGregor's Roman Sionis. It's not the best way to find freedom but it sure looks like a lot of fun to watch.
Birds of Prey is scheduled for release on February 7, 2020.