Mary Elizabeth Winstead Discusses Playing The Huntress In ‘Birds Of Prey’

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead has played a supervillain before, as Gwen Grayson/Royal Pain in the Disney movie ‘Sky High’.  But she might be taking on her most physical role yet, The Huntress in ‘Birds of Prey’.  In an interview with The Wrap, Winstead revealed:

“I’m going to start training, and I’ll be learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, too — which is new for me.”

She may have misspoken, as The Huntress is traditionally known for carrying a crossbow, not a bow and arrow, unless the film will alter her depiction.

Winstead’s Huntress is the Helena Bertinelli version, the orphaned daughter of a mafioso, who witnesses her parents’ deaths as part of a mob hit.  She then dedicates herself to taking down organized crime.  As Winstead stated:

“I can’t say that I was a huge comic book reader.  But when I met with Cathy Yan, who’s directing the film, and learned kind of the back story of the character, I was really interested.  It’s a really strong, kind of emotional place to start from for a superhero character. I won’t go into too much detail now, but I think it’s interesting and an opportunity to do something cool with this kind of character.”

The Birds of Prey in the comics were notable for being one of the first all-female super teams.  That will heavily influence the feel of the movie, according to Winstead:

“It’s really exciting, and even the process of going through getting the role and everything was a very different experience than I’ve typically been through.  Being with the other actresses and a female director and just the whole energy behind this is so unique, so I’m really happy about that.”

Cathy Yan is directing the latest DC Comics adaptation, with a script by Christina Hodson.  Margot Robbie will star, reprising her role as Harley Quinn and will also serve as executive producer.  Jurnee Smollett-Bell has also been cast as Black Canary.  The script also includes police detective Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain, who at one time operated as Batgirl.  The villain of the picture is reported to be Black Mask.  While the film takes place in Gotham City, Batman won’t be in it.

Winstead will next be seen opposite Will Smith in ‘Gemini Man’, due out next October.

‘Birds of Prey’ is due in theaters on February 7, 2020.

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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