Who’re the Birds of Prey and why is Harley Quinn with them?

This 12 months’s slew of superhero motion pictures kicks off immediately with Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), based mostly on the DC Comics superhero workforce of the identical identify. Nevertheless, the film Birds Of Prey workforce may be very totally different from the comics model.

The primary model of the Birds of Prey was created in 1995’s Black Canary/Oracle: Birds Of Prey. It was just about only a partnership between Black Canary and Oracle, aka Barbara Gordon, daughter of police commissioner Jim Gordon, who additionally served as the primary Batgirl earlier than she was paralysed from the waist down after being shot by the Joker in The Killing Joke.

The original Birds of Prey was formed by Oracle/Batgirl, Huntress and Black Canary.The unique Birds of Prey was shaped by Oracle/Batgirl, Huntress and Black Canary.

Reinventing herself as Oracle, Barbara teamed up with shut buddy Dinah Lance, and collectively, they finally kind the Birds of Prey, with Barbara serving because the brains and knowledge hub for the workforce, and utilizing an in depth info community, photographic reminiscence and knowledgeable hacking abilities to information the workforce remotely.

The opposite authentic members of the workforce included Helena Bertinelli/Huntress and Zinfa Blake/Woman Blackhawk, who served because the workforce’s pilot, and was the one who supposedly coined the identify, “Birds of Prey”.

All through the years, there have been totally different variations of the workforce, with totally different units of members. Though it began out as an all-female workforce, there was by no means a rule that solely ladies could possibly be members, as over time, the likes of Wildcat, Nightwing, Hawk and even Blue Beetle have joined or helped the workforce on totally different events.

Within the film, nevertheless, the workforce is seemingly shaped and led by Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, which can most likely change the whole workforce’s dynamic utterly. There’s additionally no Barbara Gordon, though we do have two former Batgirls – Cassandra Cain and Helena Bertinelli.

Right here’s a lowdown on the workforce that will likely be featured within the film, set for launch subsequent month.

Harleen Quinzel/ Harley Quinn

We’ve featured Miss Harleen Quinzel fairly a bit on this column earlier than, however we’re nonetheless amazed at simply how widespread the character has gotten since she made her debut within the 1992 Batman: The Animated Collection episode, Joker’s Favor.

A former psychiatrist who turned obsessive about the Joker, she has since stepped out of “Mr J’s” shadow to turn into her personal lady, starring in her personal best-selling collection, and even headlining the 2016 Suicide Squad film (regardless of having no superpowers to talk of). The brand new Birds Of Prey film model is extra consistent with the present unbiased model of Harley relatively than the one who was simply the Joker’s sidekick.

Extra on Harley on this previous Worlds of Marvel story: 5 issues that make Harley Quinn the Queen of DC.

No need for Puddin' for this Quinn.No want for Puddin’ for this Quinn.

Helena Bertinelli/ Huntress

The Huntress is also a long-time ally of the Batman.The Huntress can be a long-time ally of the Batman.

Helena Bertinelli is definitely the third character to make use of the identify “Huntress”. The unique Golden Age Huntress created in 1947 was truly a supervillain whose actual identify was Paula Brooks.

The second character to bear the identify was Helena Wayne, the daughter of Earth Two’s Batman and Catwoman of Earth-Two, house to Golden Age heroes comparable to Jay Garrick/Flash and Alan Scott/Inexperienced Lantern. Her first appearances got here in 1977’s All Star Comics #69 and DC Tremendous Stars #17, which got here out the identical day.

Sadly, Helena Wayne was subsequently wiped from the principle DC continuity after 1985’s Disaster On Infinite Earths, which brings us to the present model of Huntress, Helena Bertinelli.

First launched in 1989’s Huntress collection, her origin story has not precisely dated very properly. Born right into a distinguished mafia household, she was kidnapped and raped by a rival mafia head, and after witnessing the loss of life of her dad and mom, she vows to place an finish to the Mafia as soon as and for all. In 2000, Greg Rucka gave her a significantly better (however no much less tragic) origin within the Batman/Huntress: Cry For Blood miniseries, through which an eight-year-old Helena witnessed the homicide of her complete household of their house.

Identified for her fearsome combating abilities and deadly use of a crossbow, Huntress has lengthy been thought-about an ally of Batman, and has even taken up the mantle of Batgirl. She can be one of many authentic members of the Birds Of Prey.

Dinah Lance/ Black Canary

The identify Dinah Lance ought to sound acquainted if you happen to’ve been following the Arrowverse. The character was created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino and made her first look in 1947’s Flash Comics #86 as a villain who was later revealed to be an undercover vigilante infiltrating a felony gang.

Black Canary is very expert in lots of types of martial arts, however her predominant superpower is her “canary cry”, which permits her to make ultrasonic vibrations within the air together with her voice.

Whereas a massively widespread character amongst comedian followers, Black Canary has by no means fairly achieved the type of A-list standing loved by Marvel Lady, Batgirl, or extra lately, Harley Quinn. She has performed a significant position in lots of a DC storyline although, and might be finest recognized for her relationship with Inexperienced Arrow.

Black Canary is best known for her canary cry and her relationship with Green Arrow.Black Canary is finest recognized for her canary cry and her relationship with Inexperienced Arrow.

Renee Montoya/ The Query

Renee started out as a detective with GCPD before eventually becoming The Question.Renee began out as a detective with GCPD earlier than finally turning into The Query.

Like Harley, Renee Montoya was created for Batman: The Animated Collection, although funnily sufficient, she truly made her comedian ebook debut in Batman #475 earlier than she made her TV debut.

A detective within the Gotham Metropolis Police Division’s Main Crimes unit, she was a recurring character within the Batman comics till Rucka’s seminal Gotham Central collection put her within the highlight as one of many collection’ lead characters.

Renee bought an additional improve in 2006/07’s epic 52 story, through which she groups up with The Query to take down Intergang, however finishes the collection taking up the Query’s mantle as an alternative.

Nonetheless, Renee’s character didn’t actually kick off from there, as an alternative taking part in smaller roles in a few of DC’s occasions (each as Renee Montoya and The Query). Most lately, she was reintroduced as The Query in final 12 months’s Lois Lane #1.

Extra on Renee and The Query on this previous Worlds of Marvel article: The who, what, the place, when, why, and the way of The Query

Cassandra Cain/Batgirl

Within the film, Cassandra Cain is described as a younger lady who’s “threatened by Black Masks after she robs him”.

Within the comics, nevertheless, she was one in every of 11, sure, 11 characters who’ve been Batgirl. Nevertheless, the silent Cassandra might be the hardest and most bodily Batgirl of all of them, being the daughter of assassins (Cain and Woman Shiva), and skilled by Batman and Oracle to turn into arguably essentially the most full operative.

Whereas it will have been cool to have this model of Cassandra within the film, sadly, it doesn’t appear to be we’ll be getting that.

Extra on Batgirl and Cassandra Cain on this previous Worlds Of Marvel article: Why Batgirl is extra than simply one other Batman sidekick

Cassandra is one of 11 characters who have been called Batgirl.Cassandra is one in every of 11 characters who’ve been known as Batgirl.

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