“I drew a lot of inspiration for the Canary Cry from the Black Canary in Injustice 2. Even physically,” she said. “For me, I really wanted to make it primal… It’s not something she uses, it’s something she’s trying to hide. So to get to that point, she has to rev herself up. It’s such a guttural point and a guttural place.”Smollett-Bell continued, “But it was fun, man. They put a bunch of people on some strings and ratcheted them back, and it was awesome! I felt pretty powerful.”
Funnily enough, co-star Margot Robbie revealed her brother Lachlan was one of the stuntmen attached to those wires in the Canary Cry scenes.
In addition to Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary and Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Birds of Prey also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain.
One iconic DC villain won’t be putting in an appearance, however. Jared Leto’s Joker won’t appear in Birds of Prey or The Suicide Squad. Robbie recently discussed how the tone of Birds of Prey differs from Todd Phillips’ Joker movie.
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Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) flies into theaters February 7, 2020. For more information on Harley Quinn’s new movie, read up on the basics of the Birds of Prey team and check out our detailed breakdown of the trailer.
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