If you watched the trailer to Warner Bros’s Birds Of Prey, you may have been a bit underwhelmed by what you saw. Well, now you can completely give up on the film because one of the stars Ewan McGregor has confirmed the movie is a feminist film that will ‘teach’ it’s audience about misogyny.
According to Bounding Into Comics, McGregor explained during an interview with a French magazine what attracted him to Birds of Prey and the role of Black Mask, a character that is also rumored to be gay in the film, was the idea that Birds is a feminist film that looks at 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.”
He continues and expresses the belief that a light needs to be shed on societal misogyny and how men treat women, adding that needs to change:
“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.”
McGregor then says there is a line between brutal, extreme misogyny – the kind employed by Black Mask as a crime lord in the underworld – and the “subtle,” “everyday” type of misogyny that happens without thinking, as in the case of perceived “mansplaining.”
“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 … All it’s in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant.”
Back in June, it was reported that the film was going to fight “the male gaze” and that the women of the film would not dress as sexy as in previous films. Margot Robbie explained how the filmmakers were gone to “sharpen up” the sexiness.
“That’s what happens when you have a female producer, director, writer,” costume designer Erin Benach recently told Vogue about making some slight alterations to Harley Quinn’s “Suicide Squad” look in order to better empower the character.
“Yeah, it’s definitely less male gaze–y,” Robbie added.
It will be very interesting to see how the media chooses to push this film knowing that it has a very feminist image unlikely how the media has treated Joker. Birds of Prey releases in theaters on Feb. 7, 2020.