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Birds of Prey teaser reveals Black Canary, Black Mask, Huntress, and more

Birds of Prey, party of seven?

Just hours after Margot Robbie revealed the bright and bold new costume Harley Quinn will rock in the upcoming Cathy Yan-directed flick Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), a tiny, tasty teaser for the film has made its way online. 

Shared to the just-established YouTube page for Birds of Prey, given the fittingly quirky name "CheekySneakyPeeky," the footage gives fans the very first look at the movie's complete central cast.

There's the four main gals — Robbie's Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Huntress (a.k.a. Helena Bertinelli), Jurnee Smollett-Bell's Black Canary (a.k.a Dinah Lance), and Rosie Perez's Renee Montoya — plus Ella Jay Basco's Cassandra Cain, the young girl whom the self-named girl group the Birds of Prey attempt to rescue from a nefarious Gotham City crime boss. That man is none other than Black Mask, played in Birds of Prey by Ewan McGregor. The 20-second teaser shows glimpses of the dastardly dude, though he goes without his signature mask, as well as shots of Chris Messina's Victor Zsasz, the once-suicidal serial killer who devoted himself to a life spent slaying innocent people after he randomly murdered a homeless man. (Real wholesome stuff in the DC Comics world, hey?)

Dolled up as Harley, Robbie looks candy-colored and cheerful — likely because she is, as the incredibly lengthy title notes, an emancipated woman. Apparently free from prison and from the clutches of her toxic lover the Joker, the Princess of Perversity seems to have a whole new lease on life, walking through the streets with her mallet a-swinging. Fans are bound to have conflicting opinions on Harley's funky new get-up, but we think Robbie flaunts the visual chaos with a confidence that no other actress could. Take one Robbie enthusiast's word for it: "I see dirty Kesha, Party City, no shower since last Thursday in this outfit. But Margot Robbie is that b**** so she can pull a garbage bag off."

Since the Birds of Prey teaser is only 20 seconds in length, and because the film ensures that Harley doesn't stand in anyone's shadow, the peeks at the rest of the cast come in flashes where the looks at Harley are much longer. Still, viewers can catch shots of Cassandra's neon pink arm cast that's been scribbled all over, Huntress' sleek crossbow, and Black Canary's baseball bat. Other flashbulb moments include Black Canary singing, a platinum-haired Victor Zsasz standing with a sinister smile smacked across his face, Cassandra mean-mugging with her hoodie over her head, Black Mask looking foreboding in a pair of sunglasses and an all-black outfit, and Huntress pointing her crossbow at the camera. 

The clip ends with Harley, her now-short hair strung up into two pigtails, dancing around a room with a cocktail in her hand. "See You Soon" pops up on screen, signaling that another Birds of Prey teaser could be coming soon.

It's smart of Warner Bros. and DC Films to have released this Birds of Prey teaser at this stage in the game, as the film just entered production this month. Instead of the first look at Birds of Prey coming from grainy pictures captured by photographers lurking around the movie's set, this fun footage is what will hook fans. Getting ahead of potential leaks is smart, as it places the studios in control of the narrative surrounding Birds of Prey – which is already under pressure to perform. There's a lot riding on Birds of Prey to be not only the high-energy, R-rated girl gang movie it's been described as but also to offer a sort of amendment to the divisive Suicide Squad that introduced Robbie's Harley to the DC Extended Universe.

Based on this teaser, we're confident that the pic can live up to and even exceed expectations. No one anticipated a Birds of Prey first-look this early on, and it stands to reason that no one will be able to predict just how cool Birds of Prey ends up being.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will dance, sing, and baseball-bat-swing its way into theaters on February 7, 2020.