12:14pm PT by Aaron Couch
Margot Robbie's 'Birds of Prey' Gets 2020 Release Date
Warner Bros.' Birds of Prey movie is set to fly into theaters in 2020.
The DC film will open Feb. 7, 2020, the studio announced Monday. Margot Robbie will reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn, with Cathy Yan directing. The female-centered team-up movie will screen in Imax.
Warner Bros. has been testing actresses to star opposite Robbie as Black Canary and Huntress. A Wrinkle in Time's Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Underground's Jurnee Smolett-Bell and Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae are among those in the running to play Black Canary, sources told The Hollywood Reporter last week. For the role of Huntress, stars in contention include The Leftovers' Margaret Qualley, 10 Cloverfield Lane's Mary Elizabeth Winstead and How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti. The studio is also casting for detective Renee Montoya as well as Cassandra Cain.
Birds of Prey shares a release date with Paramount's The Loud House (based on the Nickelodeon series) and Sony's Peter Rabbit 2. The James Bond 25 pic is slated to open a week later. Over the past few years, February has become a solid date for comic book movies, with 2016's Deadpool earning $132.4 million in its opening weekend and 2018's Black Panther bowing to $202 million, both shattering records.
While 2018 has been a quiet year for DC movies (the sole entry Aquaman opens Dec. 21), next year and beyond look quite eventful. The studio has a stand-alone Joker movie set to open Oct. 4, 2019, and Wonder Woman 1984 is due out Nov. 1, 2019. With Birds of Prey following just three months later, that streak of releases is akin to what fans are used to seeing from rival Marvel Studios.
Sue Kroll is producing via her Kroll & Co Entertainment banner, along with Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless' Clubhouse Pictures.