Huntress was Originally the Lead in ‘Birds of Prey’

Article by Eric Lee

Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie has revealed that Huntress initially was to be the main lead in Birds of Prey.

Birds of Prey Origins

During a set visit by Collider, Robbie discussed how she got hooked on Birds of Prey. She wanted Harley to hang out with a gang of other females. Fortunately, the Birds of Prey team fit that bill. Here she speaks about the origins of the project:

Well, I first actually pitched the notion when we were actually still shooting Suicide Squad, [be]cause I kept saying like, “Oh, Harley does so much better when she has people to play with.” I kept thinking that in real life I had such a girl gang, like my group of girlfriends, and I just want Harley to have a girl gang.  I just want it to be like a girl gang for Harley to be a part of. And then obviously I’d been reading a ton of the comics, anything involving Harley. And one of the separate line of comics is the Birds of Prey, which I started reading. [sic] Harley’s not a traditional member of the Birds of Prey, but it was a fun kind of girl gang to kind of dip in and out of, I suppose.

Huntress is the Leader

Robbie’s insistence to make a Birds of Prey film initially led to an interest in Huntress.

It really started with Huntress. I just loved Huntress, and with my initial pitch on the story, I said I wanted to keep it quite contained, get no bigger, and no world-ending stakes. Like the stakes were as big as perhaps mafia level or gang level. That’s when I started reading a lot of Huntress comics, obviously coming from a mafia family, and found her story. Plus, I always gravitate… well, not always, but I do often gravitate towards a revenge story because it’s so straight forward, but you are so clearly motivated.

A fascinating insight into the pitching process, right? The fact that Robbie’s persistence and will made Birds of Prey real is amazing.

Birds Of Prey hits theaters on February 7, 2020.


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Eric Lee

Eric Lee hails from San Francisco, California and has been one of the biggest fans of Batman since he was 2 years old when his dad showed him Tim Burton's 'Batman' on a fuzzy VHS. Currently, Eric is an avid comic book reader and writer and illustrator working on his own graphic novel. You can see his doodles at meeleeart.com.