Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)." Margot Robbie returns as an excellent Harley Quinn in the latest DC film. While you're focused on the performances of Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Black Mask and Huntress, respectively, you may have missed some of the finer nods to the larger DC Comics universe. From a corrupt detective in the comics to a nod to Harley's animated roots, Insider rounds up some of the details you may have overlooked while lost in the rose-colored lens of Quinn's colorful Gotham. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Harley is in her onesie, you can see she has a stuffed beaver.
That's a nod to Harley's taxidermied beaver Bernie from the comics who she believed could speak with her. Harley is seen at a roller derby briefly in the film.
In the movie, Harley roller skates and takes out some people in the rink for fun. If you're familiar with the comics, you'll recognize this as a nod to a job she gets in 2013's Harley Quinn No. 1 in the rather violent renegade roller derby. Harley is given the team name Killer Kwinn, which she's not thrilled about. The number on Harley's derby outfit has a small nod to the character's origins.
Harley wears the number 92 on her sleeve at the roller derby. The character's first appearance was on the first season of "Batman: The Animated Series" in 1992. Her first appearance with the Joker can be seen above on episode 22, "Joker's Favor." Harley tells patrons in Roman's club that she's not a dummy. She has a PhD.
She's not lying. Before Dr. Harleen Quinzel became Harley Quinn she was a psychologist at Arkham Asylum who was treating the Joker. Harley decides to blow up Ace Chemicals after she and the Joker break up.
Ace Chemical isn't just the place where the Joker was transformed into the iconic Batman villain, it's the same place where he pushed Harleen into a vat of chemicals to bleach her skin as well and transform her into Harley Quinn. Harley blew the place up to get rid of the physical reminder of her origin story and connection to the Joker. Harley Quinn channels an iconic Marilyn Monroe outfit.
During the film, Harley is seen dressed as Marilyn Monroe's character from 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." The big change here is that Quinn has an updated version of the gown with pants instead. Costume designer Erin Benach told Insider they almost did a completely different outfit for Quinn here. "It wasn't even really on the page or decided amongst us that it would be the same Marilyn outfit," said Benach "There were talks of it being something totally different and new, like way more Harley." The idea to transform the iconic look and update it came to Benach while in a research library. "I remember the moment where I just went, 'Oh my God, the best idea is just to take the exact Marilyn outfit and put her in pants. Turn it into pants,'" said Benach. "It was just a light bulb moment. It hit and I told [director] Cathy [Yan] and Cathy was like, 'Brilliant. Done. Do it.'" Harley gets a pet hyena after her break up, a nod to her animated roots.
Harley and the Joker share two pet hyenas, Bud and Lou, in "Batman: The Animated Series." Their names were a nod to comedy duo Abbott and Costello. The two also appeared in DC's Harley Quinn comics as Budsie and Louie. 2019's animated film "Batman: Hush" changed things up by adding a third hyena and naming them after The Three Stooges. Margot Robbie told Comicbook.com Harley only has one hyena in "Birds of Prey" because of the film's budget. In the film, Harley gives her pet a completely different name. Harley's hyena is named after Bruce Wayne.
Harley tells Cassandra Cain she named the hyena after "that hunky Wayne guy," aka Bruce Wayne. Little does Harley know she named her hyena after Batman. Harley also wears a dog tag featuring Bruce on her new necklace.
Benach also designed a jewelry line based on Harley and the "Birds of Prey" looks with Billie Valentine. The above necklace features charms, including the Bruce dog tag and a fishhook. Hot Topic is currently selling a version of the necklace, seen above, which retails for $16.90. Derek Wilson plays detective Tim Munroe in the film who has appeared in a very specific comic.
Munroe is not a random name. In the comics, he's a corrupt cop who killed an orphan who Poison Ivy was looking after. As a result, Poison Ivy kills him and his partner. Maybe that's a way to bring Poison Ivy into the fold in the future. Munroe appears in 2005's issue No. 32 of Gotham Central. In "Birds of Prey," Harley orders number 32 off the Chinese menu from her landlord Mr. Keo. A small reference is made to Dinah Lance's mother, who is also named Dinah.
Her name isn't mentioned, but if the film is referring to Dinah Drake-Lance then she's the first version of the Black Canary. Both of them possess the power of the canary cry, which is the high-pitched sonic scream Jurnee Smollett-Bell's character used in the film. When Harley raids the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) searching for Cassandra Cain, she passes by a poster of Captain Boomerang.
Harley points it out before leaving the room, saying she knows the guy in the poster. It may have been tough to make out, but it was Jai Courtney's character from 2016's "Suicide Squad," in which Harley Quinn appeared. Courtney is supposed to reprise his role in next year's "The Suicide Squad." Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey head to Amusement Mile.
That's Joker and Harley Quinn's headquarters in various video games and animated series and films. It's usually in a Coney Island-like area. Joker looks like he has abandoned the place in the film. The funhouse location reminds us of previous versions of the area we've seen in Telltale's Batman game and "Arkham City." A few Joker laughs can be seen written inside the Amusement Mile hangout.
If you look at the windows in the Amusement Mile setup, you can see the words "Haha" written a few times over in a familiar scrawl. They look similar to the ones tattooed on Jared Leto's Joker. Not tough to miss, a drawing of the Joker hangs in Harley's apartment that she uses for target practice.
More importantly, the Joker is referred to as the "Jester of Genocide," one of his less commonly used nicknames in addition to Clown Prince of Crime. Read more: 'Birds of Prey' handles the absence of Jared Leto's Joker in the perfect way The Birds of Prey costumes are a nod to their comic looks.
Renee Montoya, Dinah Lance, and Huntress are seen in royal blue outfits as they take on the name of the Birds of Prey as vigilantes. Though a little different in color, they remind us of the matching looks worn by the "Birds of Prey." Above, Black Canary and Huntress are seen with Batgirl on the comic cover of issue No. 17 of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.
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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Birds of Prey (and the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)."...Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Birds of Prey (and the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)." "Birds of Prey" addresses the absence of Jared Leto's Joker at the film's start. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker broke up off screen and the backside of Leto's Joker is seen in one short flashback. It's for the better. This is Harley's story as she's trying to move forward. She doesn't need a reminder of her toxic ex on screen. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Birds of Prey" marks the return of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn to theaters, but don't expect to see Jared Leto's Joker back on screen with her. The "Suicide Squad" spinoff does not reunite Quinn with the Clown Prince of Crime or the rest of the group from the 2016 movie. Honestly, it's for the better. Much of the film focuses on Harley trying to establish herself in Gotham City post-breakup. Whether you're simply wondering how the film addresses Leto's character or if you've seen the film and need to walk through the decision to scrub the Joker from Harley's narrative, we have you covered. How 'Birds of Prey' handles the Joker's absence Movie trailers heavily teased the Harley Quinn and Joker breakup and the film wastes little time getting to the elephant in the room. Harley kicks off the movie telling us what we already know: She and Mistah J are no more. They conveniently broke up off-screen after the events of 2016's "Suicide Squad" movie. Harley doesn't get into specifics, but if you're familiar with their relationship, you know it's a generally a toxic one with an emotionally abusive Joker. About eight minutes are spent with Harley moping around and getting drunk and feeling sorry for herself until she hears others gossip that she'll likely run back to the Joker in no time. Fed up with others believing she's nothing without Batman's biggest foe, Harley makes a statement to show she's done with the Joker once and for all. She blows up Ace Chemicals, the location tied to both of their origin stories. From there, Harley sets off on her own, searching for emancipation from a toxic relationship. Wait. Is the Joker not in this movie at all? Nope! There is a slight throwback to "Suicide Squad" where we see footage from the 2016 film that shows Harleen Quinzel's transformation into Harley Quinn again. The Joker's backside is briefly shown helping pull Harley up out of a giant vat of acid inside Ace Chemicals, but that's it. Why isn't Leto in the movie? Director Cathy Yan told CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell the film simply didn't need Leto's Joker. "I don't think we need Jared. Right? ... Just like [Harley] doesn't need the Joker," said Yan. During a "Birds of Prey" event in Hollywood, Robbie said she was more interested in seeing Harley with a girl gang than with the Joker to introduce more DC women on screen to fans. We've seen five live-action movie iterations of the Joker and numerous appearances of him in animated form voiced by Mark Hamill, Troy Baker, and others since the '90s. With Joaquin Phoenix starring in WB's Oscar-nominated "Joker," it was time to let someone else have the spotlight. Robbie told BBC Radio 1's Ali Plumb she spent time on fan forums to understand why and what fans love about Harley's character. She couldn't understand was why people back Harley's relationship with the clown. "People really, really respond to the fact she loves a mad man," said Robbie. "They love the fact that she has this unconditional loyalty and love for a guy who treats her like s---." Why this was the right decision At first, you may have been a bit frustrated by the opening minutes of "Birds of Prey." We don't learn anything more than we already knew from the trailers about Harley and Joker's breakup. No details are given for their uncoupling and then the Batman villain just mysteriously vanishes from Gotham City for the entire movie. It's weird and an extremely convenient way to rid of Leto's Joker character from the DC films to wipe the slate clean. But it was also an incredibly smart move. "Birds of Prey" did not need the Joker. When you're dealing with a difficult breakup, the last thing you need is a constant reminder of your ex and his face taking up space in your narrative. It makes it that much more difficult to get over the person. The best thing you can do is go off on your own and discover who you are without this other person. That's exactly what Harley does in "Birds of Prey." This is a film about rebirth as evidenced in the design of the film's poster, inspired by Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus." It's about Dinah Lance discovering and not being afraid of her superpowers. It's about Renee Montoya standing up and excusing herself from a corrupt group of police officers. It's about Helena (aka Huntress) being able to avenge her family and start over. And, it's about Harley Quinn making a name for herself that isn't tied to another villain. There is no room for a man in "Birds of Prey," and most certainly not a toxic one. Read more: The 12 biggest questions we have after watching 'Birds of Prey' 16 details and references you may have missed in 'Birds of Prey' 'Birds of Prey' is a rousing girl power movie with an excellent Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn 'Birds of Prey' director Cathy Yan on the challenges of making her first studio movie and the 'bonkers audition tape' that she and Margot Robbie loved Harley Quinn's yellow jumpsuit in 'Birds of Prey' took the longest to get right and they tested it in 4 colors Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be an NFL referee, according to an official who spent 19 seasons in the league
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Birds of Prey." There are no extra scenes at the...Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Birds of Prey." There are no extra scenes at the end of "Birds of Prey (and the emancipation of one Harley Quinn)." At the film's very end, after all the credits run, Harley Quinn gives a short voice-over mocking anyone still sitting in the audience. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Birds of Prey" is in theaters Friday. The bad news? There aren't any extra scenes after the credits roll. There is, however, a minor voice-over from Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) that you'll be rewarded with if you stay in theaters until the very end. If you left early and missed the moment, we have you covered. What happens As the last credits roll, Quinn's voice can be heard delivering a message to the audience. "Are you dummies still sitting there?" Quinn asks. "Fine, I'll tell you a secret. Did you know that Batman f..." Quinn gets cut off by the end of the film before she can spill anything about the Dark Knight. The voice-over received some laughs in my showing. What it means: Nothing really. It's a clear throwaway line that's just there as a fun little bonus to those hoping there may be a scene teasing a potential sequel. But are there any sequels in the works? Not yet. The next time we'll see Robbie's Harley Quinn is in director James Gunn's upcoming "The Suicide Squad," which is due out in 2021. Gunn started filming on his version of "Suicide Squad" in fall 2019. He announced 24 members of the cast on social media, including the return of Robbie, Viola Davis (who played Amanda Waller), and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang). The latter appeared briefly in "Birds of Prey" in a Gotham City Police Department poster. Before "The Suicide Squad" hits theaters, we're getting a "Wonder Woman" sequel this summer with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine returning. Robert Pattinson will then star as a new version of the Caped Crusader in 2021's "The Batman." Filming for the Matt Reeves directed film just got underway. #DayOne #TheBatman cc: @GreigfraserD pic.twitter.com/kOgcsa6zX3 — Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) January 27, 2020 It's not clear whether or not that film will have any connection with the Gotham introduced in "Birds of Prey" since Harley has interacted with Ben Affleck's version of Batman. Read more: The 12 biggest questions we have after watching 'Birds of Prey' 16 details and references you may have missed in 'Birds of Prey' 'Birds of Prey' handles the absence of Jared Leto's Joker in the perfect way 'Birds of Prey' has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it nod to 'Suicide Squad' that could tell us more about the movie's sequel 'Birds of Prey' is a rousing girl power movie with an excellent Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn Harley Quinn's yellow jumpsuit in 'Birds of Prey' took the longest to get right and they tested it in 4 colors Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A Georgetown professor explains how Martin Luther King Jr. 'has been severely whitewashed'
Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One...Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)." Do not read if you haven't seen the DC movie. Insider gathered together plot holes and questions big and small you may have after viewing the latest DC outing with Harley Quinn. Was Joker dead in this movie? (No, he was out of town.) Was that a real hyena? (No.) Is Black Mask one of the best DC Villains yet? (Definitely.) Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Birds of Prey" is in theaters and while it puts a neat little bow on a side story for Harley Quinn, it also raised a few questions. What's going on with the Joker? Is he even still alive after this film? How are Black Mask and Zsasz the only two Batman villains who seem to exist in this version of Gotham City? Insider breaks down the lingering questions you may have after watching the latest addition to the DCEU. We also included answers where we have them.Where are all of Gotham's other villains? With the Joker gone, Black Mask steps in to proclaim himself the "Godfather of Gotham." But are we really meant to believe that the biggest villain in Gotham City to take the Joker's place is the eccentric mobster Black Mask and his crony, serial killer Zsasz? If you're familiar with Batman's rogues' gallery, you know Black Mask is, at best, maybe a "C-level" Gotham villain. He doesn't have any superpowers. He's just a guy with a mask, some money, and firepower. Where are Poison Ivy, Bane, Two-Face, the Penguin, Scarecrow, the Riddler, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Clayface, or any of Batman's other big nemeses? Are they all on vacation? I'm calling shenanigans. This was the least believable part of "Birds of Prey." Is Black Mask the best villain we've received from the DC extended universe? Even though we were wondering where all of Gotham's other villains were, there's no denying that Ewan McGregor gave us a fantastic villain with Black Mask. The previous villains of the DCEU ("Joker" does not count here) have either been dismissively embarrassing (Cara Delevingne's Enchantress in "Suicide Squad"), confusing (Ciarán Hinds' Steppenwolf in "Justice League"), a bit silly (Patrick Wilson's Ocean Master in "Aquaman") or forgettable (Mark Strong's Dr. Sivana in "Shazam"). McGregor takes one of Batman's more obscure villains and turns him into a character we understand and fear as a psychotic mobster with an elegant flair for the arts. The only other character who comes close is Michael Shannon as Zod in "Man of Steel." Why isn't the Joker in this film? Though Leto's Joker is referenced in "Birds of Prey," he's not the film's main focus. We get the briefest glimpse of him in a flashback and the movie's better for it. This is a film that focuses on Harley's healing and finding her own place in the world. It was never meant to linger on the toxic relationship that negatively impacted her life. "I don't think we need Jared. Right? ... Just like [Harley] doesn't need The Joker," "Birds of Prey" director Cathy Yan told CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell. Did they ever consider having Joker in this film? "It was either going to be a complete Harley and Joker story or Joker has got to be out of the picture," Robbie said at a "Birds of Prey" event recently. Robbie, who serves as a producer on "Birds of Prey," told "The View" Tuesday the film has been in the works for years. "When I was still shooting [2016's] 'Suicide Squad' the first time, that's when I originally pitched the idea," said Robbie of how long it has taken for this film to come to theaters. "Through researching Harley, there were so many more amazing female characters in the DC Universe that we hadn't seen on screen," she continued. "Birds of Prey was a particular offshoot of the comics that I fell in love with. I just wanted a girl gang action film on screen. We didn't have one." Where is the Joker? Is he even alive in this film? Harley Quinn blows up Ace Chemicals, the place where her origin story with the Joker began, early in "Birds of Prey." At first, it seems like Harley may have taken out the Joker when she did that because afterward, Black Mask decides he's in charge of Gotham. Later on, it's briefly hinted that the Joker is simply not in Gotham during the events of the film, for some unexplained reason. It seems likely he's not dead — he's simply out of town. Read more: 'Birds of Prey' handles the absence of Jared Leto's Joker in the perfect way Why weren't characters like Poison Ivy and Catwoman in this movie? For any fans wondering why a DC Universe film focusing on female villains didn't include two of the most iconic characters — Catwoman and Poison Ivy — it's because of how famous they were that they were left out of the picture. Robbie told IGN she wanted to give fans a chance to get to know other DC women on screen as opposed to ones who have already been adapted in the past. Isn't Batgirl usually a part of the Birds of Prey? There is a comic run called "Batgirl and the Birds of Prey." We don't have an official Batgirl yet in the DC film universe. Warner Bros. has been working on a "Batgirl" film for awhile with Christina Hodson, who wrote "Birds of Prey," working on a script. Maybe the version of Batgirl she's working on has already been hinted at to viewers. Who is Cassandra Cain? In "Birds of Prey" Cain appears to be any old teen, but in the comics, she plays a pretty big role in the Batverse. There are a few versions of the character in the comics, but fans have recently known her as the fourth iteration of Batgirl. She has also gone by the name Black Bat, but we're into seeing her become an eventual Batgirl. We know she's teamed up with Harley Quinn at the end of "Birds of Prey," but wouldn't it be fantastic if Cain eventually becomes Quinn's ultimate foe? It would be a very Batman/Joker relationship. What's up with all those scars on Victor Zsasz? "Birds of Prey" makes the assumption you're familiar with this DC villain. If you're not, you may be wondering why he keeps cutting off people's faces and showing Harley Quinn his body covered in scars. Zsasz is a famous Batman serial killer who puts a tally mark on himself any time he kills someone. It's a way to keep count of all the people he has murdered. While there has to be an easier way to keep track, it does explain all the marks on his body. Was Margot Robbie acting alongside a real hyena? No, though it's not all CGI either. Bruce, named after Bruce Wayne (aka Batman), is actually a giant dog that Robbie was acting with. But the team did consider using a real hyena from California at one point. "Turns out, it was going to be impossible to shoot with him because they're extremely dangerous and take ownership of anything they touch," Robbie told Comicbook.com. "Ultimately, we had a really big dog. Its fur was CGI'd and body shape was CGI'd to look like a hyena," added Robbie. "The alternative is to have a dude in a green suit and that's often weird." Are we getting a sequel or a spinoff? We need to wait to see how the film does at the box office, but Jurnee Smollett-Bell seems ready to share more of her character Dinah Lance aka Black Canary with the world. In an interview with Digital Spy, the actress said it would be incredible to see a spinoff with her character. "I'm in love with Black Canary, and I'm in love with the DC world," Smollett-Bell told Digital Spy. "So you know, whatever happens with 'Birds of Prey,' it's like I'm living the dream." There's certainly more room left to be explored with Huntress, Renee Montoya, and especially Black Canary's character. We only get to see Lance show off her power of the canary cry once in the film. There's a lot to expand on in the future with the character's mysterious past. Should we expect to see more of Harley Quinn in the future? What's next? Robbie has also been working on James Gunn's upcoming "The Suicide Squad," which isn't supposed to be a complete reboot of the 2016 film. Before that movie comes to theaters in 2021, we'll get to see Gal Gadot reprise her role as Wonder Woman in this summer's sequel. Read more: James Gunn just confirmed a massive 24-person cast for his 'Suicide Squad' movie and he hints that not everyone's going to survive