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Why Hasn't D.C.'s "Birds of Prey" Been as Financially Successful as other R-Rated Superhero films like Deadpool and Joker

"Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)", was released on February 7th to generally favorable reviews, but the film has failed to fallen well short of its box office projections within its first week. The female lead and female directed D.C. films has been a long anticipated film and is one of the first comic book films to have an all female team (Harley Quinn, Huntress, Dinah Lance, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain). Despite the film’s similarities to a film like Deadpool (both films have an R-rating, with a narrator who is known for irreverent humor and fourth wall breaks), it is unlikely the film will even approach the box office success of that film or a more serious R-rated film like 2019’s Joker. Despite similarities and common links to other popular properties, why hasn’t "Bird of Prey" been more successful with audiences?

  • Good question. One angle you could take is that audience and critic tastes clearly differ. Rotten Tomatoes review metrics can show this. Go from there after that. – J.D. Jankowski 4 years ago
  • Good question. From what do have been hearing is that Bird of Prey isn't the Bird of Prey fans are familar with. It's okay for film makers to take liberties with the source material but if they are to really make it work they still need to make it recognizable. One big red flag is that the protagonist is Harley who doesnt exist in the Bird of Prey comic. When I heard the title of the movie I thought it was going to be about canary after all she is a member and she is named after a bird for goodness sake. second red flag is that the film is after suicide squad that was a failure. The final red flag is that it was promoted as a feminist film and had an all female cast. Now there is nothing wrong with a feminist film, however there has been a big backlash towards feminist films in the past few years. I never did watch the movie but I knew it was doom to fail. The only reason why I know this is by a bit of research. – Amelia Arrows 4 years ago