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Get ready for ‘Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).’
Harley Quinn has a new movie coming out where she’ll appear alongside Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya, Black Canary, and Huntress. But don’t worry, Harley’s new flick is still based around her, and the film’s new subtitle is going viral for stressing the point with one too many words.
On Twitter, Warner Bros. confirmed the upcoming movie is now called Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Written by Bumblebee scriptwriter Christina Hodson and directed by Cathy Yan, the film is set to come out on Feb. 2, 2020, and it’ll feature Harley Quinn alongside a gang of superheroines and anti-heroines set to take down the underworld’s sinister leader Black Mask.
Fans suspect the new name hints at Harley Quinn moving away from her romantic relationship with the Joker, which would make this a promising film for Harley fans that finally want the two to call it off. Of course, there’s nothing official yet, save for the new subtitle stocked with words like “fantabulous” and “emancipation.”
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) November 20, 2018
However, some DC fans are upset with the new subtitle. By this point, most DC fans know Harley Quinn’s new movie as Birds of Prey. The extended name adds some additional context, but it’s certainly a mouthful. It also raises more questions than answers about Harley’s role in the film. It didn’t take long for Twitter to start riffing on the title.
Customer: Can I have one ticket to see Birds Of Prey?
dont say it
dont say it
dont say it
dont say it
dont say it
dont say it
dont say it
don't say it
don't say it
don't say it
Me: Do you mean, “Birds Of Prey(And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)?”
— Harley Quinn Updates (@HarleyMovieNews) November 20, 2018
You: I’m going to watch Birds of Prey.
Me, an Intellectual: I don’t know what that is, but I’m going to see Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
— Walt (@UberKryptonian) November 20, 2018
why are they even calling it birds of prey
make it more accurate and call it The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and the Overshadowing of Iconic Characters Turned Harley Sidekicks
— annie 🐾 (@korrakyle) November 20, 2018
One user compared the title to Harry Potter.
Birds of Prey and the Emancipation of Harley Quinn: Because Harry Potter Doesn’t Have a Monopoly on Long Titles
— Just a Man Carter (@GigawattConduit) November 20, 2018
Another joked that it was a Fall Out Boy song.
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn by Fall Out Boy
— jaybird is currently in exam hell (@ilikeyouandblue) November 20, 2018
It even sounds like Precious’ full name, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn): Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
— Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) November 20, 2018
One after another, Twitter users joined in on the title parodies.
Birds of Prey or How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb That Was Suicide Squad
— Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) November 20, 2018
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Mimi
— Joi Childs (@jumpedforjoi) November 20, 2018
birds of prey and the fantabulous emancipation of one harley quinn and one daenerys stormborn of house targaryen first of her name queen of the andals and of the first men khaleesi of the great grass sea breaker of chains mother of dragons the unburnt protector of the realm pic.twitter.com/83R5eTTDIe
— mich (@qirasromanoff) November 21, 2018
Birds of Prey (There's No Jared Leto This Time) https://t.co/gjbbO8ZJ4q
— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) November 20, 2018
Others expressed their sheer displeasure at the new subtitle.
"Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn" pic.twitter.com/KrbUsPdVuP
— Jennifer (@jennisince94) November 20, 2018
"Birds of Prey and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn"
— kal-el (@jussticeleague) November 20, 2018
I sincerely hope the Birds of Prey movie has a script, directing and acting good enough to back up the über pretentious title revealed today… Like Tarantino level…. I Tonya was pretty good so… 🤞 Not QUITE ready to render a verdict just yet… pic.twitter.com/aPGPDgsyqb
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) November 20, 2018
Yeah, I'm not calling it Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). It's Birds of Prey, and that's it.
— Manuel Faria (@ManuelDuarte24) November 20, 2018
The name of the birds of prey movie is so goddamn stupid my university called to ask for my degree back after I read it
— Rowly powly owly☭ (@GalaxyTomm) November 21, 2018
Film Twitter: Warner Bros need to trust its creative talent to deliver quality DC tales.
*apparent title of Birds of Prey movie released*
Film Twitter: Well, clearly we blew that call.
— justanotherfilmnerd (@Anotherfilmnerd) November 20, 2018
Bird of Prey and the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is a long and unnecessary ass title for the movie, you had me at Birds of Prey the second part can be dropped pic.twitter.com/0cwcIWMuDv
— Evelyn (@ItsMyOpinion16) November 20, 2018
They should just call the new birds of prey, harley and friends if they are going to have an extended title like that.
— ⚡JumpCity West⚡ (@Seraph_mode) November 20, 2018
Birds of Prey and the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
What a stupid fucking title
— The Spectacular Spider-Nerd (@ThwipThwip13) November 20, 2018
I was all in for this Birds of Prey movie…until I saw “The Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn.” I was willing to ignore Harley had no business in a BoP centric story but I can’t sit through two hours of Harley being some sort of role model, anti-hero, whatever
— Miya (@meoohmiya) November 20, 2018
Gotta love DC sticking Harley's name in the title because they have no faith that the Birds of Prey name will sell it.
(P.S-good luck making any fan say 'fantabulous') pic.twitter.com/30y9subR0P
— matt:) (@mattwilson_02) November 20, 2018
Of course, not everyone disliked the new name. A couple users found it endearing, suggesting that it perfectly captured Harley’s chaotic nature.
'Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)' is the most Harley Quinn title ever. Although it's long, and will no doubt be shortened to Birds of Prey, I actually love the title.
— Jay.. (@x_warinmymind) November 20, 2018
Still not entirely sold on what Harley Quinn's part will be in this movie but 'Birds of Prey and the Emancipation of Harley Quinn' is a great title.
— Trey (@terrance_may) November 20, 2018
and you will all fuCKING watch birds of prey (and the fantabulous emancipation of one, harley quinn)…. pic.twitter.com/TIyxBFwKW4
— v 25 (@BlRDSFPREY) November 20, 2018
Ok…I’m starting to come around to the Birds of Prey movie title. I understand that Harely’s name needs to be on it etc…just think WB needs to be VERY careful with their DC brands. Kudos to them for doing it though.
— P-Thug (@Hermann22) November 21, 2018
I really hope birds of prey keep that name honestly it’s the only movie that got me excited for superhero movies again
— hijabi kim lip (@sadshaytan) November 21, 2018
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Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Waypoint, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.