(This text comprises solely a minor spoiler for “Birds of Prey”)
“Birds of Prey” is a type of films that’s simply so filled with stuff. Each body is filled with bizarre particulars, and each scene so full of gags that it’s not straightforward to recollect all of them. It’s sensory overload, in lots of alternative ways.
So it may be straightforward, when leaving the theater, to neglect one of the crucial fascinating bits in the entire movie: that “Bird of Prey” established that Bernie Sanders exists on this shared universe of flicks primarily based on DC Comics.
This reveal comes halfway by way of the movie, when when a number of random of us who Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) has wronged in varied methods attempt to kill her. Every time we meet a brand new certainly one of these of us, Harley pauses the movie and tells us what she did that made them hate her a lot — the “grievances.” And when the primary villain, Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) runs into her, the listing of grievances may be very, very lengthy. Harley skims by way of the listing, and in the course of it’s the truth that she “voted for Bernie.”
That is fairly loopy as a result of there are lots of actually enjoyable implications to think about right here. The DC world is just not our world, what with the setting of “Birds of Prey” being the solely fictional Gotham Metropolis. Plus, the presence of superheros and all that.
So like, Bernie exists on this film, and he was operating for president? Is Donald Trump the president? Is the political institution the identical in that universe as it’s right here? Or did Bernie truly win in 2016 in that universe? If she voted for Bernie does that imply that the Joker additionally voted for Bernie? Who did all the opposite tremendous individuals in these films vote for? There’s quite a bit to consider.
We don’t know the solutions to all these questions. However we do know the way this joke got here to be, as a result of we requested director Cathy Yan about it when she visited our office just lately.
Yan mentioned the joke extra of an offhand factor than a calculated little bit of political commentary, actually simply there purely as a result of it’s a humorous concept that Harley voted for Bernie and that’s why the unhealthy man desires her useless. She mentioned that the thought got here up whereas she and “Birds of Prey” screenwriter Christina Hodson had been having a brainstorm session making an attempt to provide you with humorous the explanation why Roman could be mad at Harley.
“With the grievances we were just kinda coming up with different grievances, and I would throw some ideas in, and Christina Hodson would throw some ideas in,” Yan mentioned. “I think the Bernie thing, I’ll give full credit to Christina on that one. And we all just chuckled at it so we thought, why not? And I think tonally and stylistically this is a movie that can afford that kind of stuff, and a little bit of self-awareness — or a lot of self-awareness, I should say. And not a lot of movies get to make a Bernie joke, so sure, let’s do it.”
So yeah. It’s only for enjoyable! However we are able to’t cease occupied with what this implies for the DCEU. It most likely doesn’t truly imply something, nevertheless it’s amusing to consider anyway.