Who are Harley Quinn’s new friends?
DC fans just got their first glimpse of the upcoming Birds of Prey movie thanks to a short teaser trailer. This tease doesn’t shed much (or any) light on the plot of the film, but it does offer us a quick glimpse of all the major players.
If 20 seconds isn’t enough to parse this stylish teaser, don’t worry! We’ve got a breakdown of every character featured in this new footage and what their story is in the comics. Check it out below!
Played by: Margot Robbie
Harley Quinn is branching out following her DCEU debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad. This time she’s hanging around Gotham City and rubbing elbows with heroines like Huntress and Black Canary. We don’t know if this means Harley is going full hero this time, but she does appear to have moved past her relationship with Joker and adopted a whole new, Japanese-inspired wardrobe.
Played by: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Helena Bertinelli is one of many vigilantes to make Gotham City their personal stomping grounds. The daughter of a powerful crime boss, Helena witnessed the murders of her family at a young age. That compelled her to take up a crossbow and the Huntress identity, waging war on Gotham’s criminals with sometimes lethal force. However, her violent methods often put her in opposition to Batman.
Played by: Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Laurel Lance is the second woman to carry the mantle of Black Canary following her mother, Dinah. After training with some of the world’s finest fighters, she’s molded herself into a fearsome warrior whose martial arts skills are bolstered by her sonic scream. Whether working alone, with her sometime love Green Arrow or as a member of teams like the Birds of Prey and Justice League, Black Canary is a force to be reckoned with.
Played by: Ella Jay Basco
Cassandra Cain is the daughter of feared assassin David Cain and legendary martial artist Lady Shiva. Thanks to her family background and her own ability to intuitively read her opponents, she may well be the most gifted warrior in the DC Universe. In the comics, Cassandra has served as both Batgirl and Orphan at different points. In the movie, Cassandra will find herself hunted by Black Mask, likely making her the catalyst for the Birds of Prey’s formation.
Played by: Rosie Perez
We can’t be entirely sure that this screenshot features Renee Montoya, but given the character’s propensity for drinking in the comics, it seems a safe bet. Renee is one of the few honest cops in Gotham City, often partnering with Harvey Bullock. That devotion to justice hasn’t made her life easy, however, hence why she often finds herself seeking the bottom of a bottle.
Played by: Ewan McGregor
Gotham crime lord Roman Sionis looks to be the main villain of Birds of Prey. Better known by the name Black Mask, this villain has built a reputation for sadism and brutality in a city already known for both. He also wears a distinctive mask carved from his father’s own ebony coffin.
Played by: Chris Messina
Black Mask will be joined by fellow Batman villain Victor Zsasz. A ruthless serial killer and occasional hired assassin, Zsasz is obsessed with carving tally marks into his own flesh – one for each victim he claims. The fact that his body is nearly covered in scars shows just how skilled he is in the art of murder.
For more on the Birds of Prey and their role in the DC Universe, check out our Birds of Prey explainer.