Birds of Prey’s Second Trailer Focuses on Plot and Hyenas

Birds of Prey's Second Trailer Focuses on Plot and Hyenas 1

The second trailer for Warner Bros’ Birds of Prey dropped this morning to unleash a bit of mayhem into your evening. While the first trailer for Cathy Ye and Christina Hodson’s take on Birds of Prey focused mostly on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn giving pithy onelines intercut with various action sequences, this second trailer gives us a more in-depth look at Robbie’s co-stars as well as the film’s setup.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell take top billing alongside Robbie as Huntress and Black Canary respectively. As for the rest of the Birds of Prey, Rosie Perez is Renee Montoya and Ella Jay Basco is playing Cassandra Cain, otherwise known as Batgirl.

What we can tell about the plot so far includes Robbie’s Harley Quinn teaming up with the Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Detective Renee Montoya  to escape (and get some flashy revenge) on Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask. Chris Messina also makes an appearance in the film as another classic batvillain, Victor Zsasz.

The second trailer comes with several surprises, including a nice shot of McGregor in the actual black mask, confirming that this version of the character will wear his iconic headgear for at least part of the film. We also get to meet Bruce, a hyena in a dog collar named after that “handsome Wayne guy” as a nice nod to the broader Gotham environment. And while Huntress and Renee Montoya appear to be very similar to their comic book iterations,  both Black Canary and Cassandra Cain seem to have murkier origins this time around. 

Canary got herself in trouble with Black Mask by “betraying” him, which could mean this is a less upstanding version of Dinah Lance. As for Cassandra Cain, despite being known by comic fans as the second Batgirl, she is billed in the film by her given name. Which could mean this Cass hasn’t yet donned a cowl and is still under her father’s thumb, working as an assassin. However, considering the overall tone of Warner Bros’ DC films, it’s also possible this Cassandra will never become Batgirl. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Birds of Prey is slated to release on February 7, 2020.