Ewan McGregor To Play Black Mask in DC's BIRDS OF PREY
Last month is was rumored that Ewan McGregor was up for the villainous role of Black Mask in the Harley Quinn spinoff film Birds of Prey. Well according to a recent report it looks like that is going to be the case!
The Black Mask character was created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake, and he made his first appearance in 1985’s Batman issue #386. The Black Mask is an insane and sadistic kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld who has a fixation with masks.
In DC Comics Black Mask is the criminal alias of Roman Sionis, who murdered his wealthy, status-obsessed parents to take control of the family corporation, then lost everything when he proved to be a terrible businessman. Seeking revenge on the people he blamed for his own failures — particularly Bruce Wayne and Wayne Enterprises — he returns, hidden behind an ebony black mask, at the head of a gang called the False Face Society.
I like McGregor so I’m happy to see that he is going to get the role. It will be interesting to see him play a comic book villain! He doesn’t really play villains that often.
The movie is being developed by Robbie, director Cathy Yan and writer Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). It's being developed as an R-rated film that Robbie previously described as a "girl gang film". She explained;
"I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it."
It was also recently confirmed that the film will get an R-rating.
The movie will star Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as Montoya.
Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th, 2020.