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A New ‘Birds Of Prey’ Trailer Is Finally Giving Us A Glimpse At Rosie Perez’s Character

It’s only mid-January and Nuyorican actress Rosie Perez is slated to appear in major roles in two film productions, including as queer detective Renee Montoya in “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” and alongside Anne Hathaway in Netflix’s “The Last Thing He Wanted.” The DC Universe’s most idolized villain, Harley Quinn, stars in the “Suicide Squad” spinoff with an interesting new plot twist. “The Joker and I broke up,” Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) tells viewers as she cuts off her red and blue-dyed pigtails, a relic of her relationship with the Joker. Harley Quinn says it was completely “mutual,” but the premise of the movie seems hinged on creating a group of anti-villains hell-bent on protecting themselves from the consequences of her breakup with the Joker.

The trailer only voices Harley Quinn as she gives her rallying speech to convince three women to join her in her quest. Harley Quinn points to each of her three sidekicks and gives them a reason to join her. 

Detective Renee Montoya has been a touchstone throughout the DC comic world but will be making her cinematic debut in “Birds of Prey.”

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Detective Renee Montoya was originally created for “Batman: The Animated Series” as in-the-know police officer Harvey Bullock’s partner in fighting crime. In a follow-up series, Montoya was promoted to detective, and later revealed to be the daughter of Dominican Republic immigrants. Throughout her character’s arc, she continues to rise in the ranks to become a homicide detective and become far more involved in fighting Gotham City’s unusual crime. At one point, villain Two-Face falls in love with her and attempts to destroy her life in the hopes that she’d reach such low levels that she’d fall for him. To debase her, he outs her as a lesbian to the entire city, frames her for murder, kidnaps her in an effort to make it look like she tried to escape the law, and nearly kills her until Batman saves her.

Still, the damage had been done. Montoya’s religious parents disown her for her queerness. Socially isolated, she falls into a depression and the depths of alcoholism and quits the Gotham City Police Force. In the comic series, she refuses to join the all-female vigilante superhero team “Birds of Prey,” but Hollywood had other plans.

In the upcoming film, the fearsome foursome team together to protect a young girl named Cass from villain Roman Sionis A.K.A. the Black Mask.

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Margot Robbie, the actress who plays Harley Quinn and producer, pitched the idea for the movie to Warner Bros. in 2015 and hired female leadership like Director Cathy Yan and writer Christina Hodson. Cathy Yan will be the first female Asian woman to direct a superhero film. Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” Justina Machado and Starz’s “Vida,” queer Roberta Colindrez, both auditioned to play Renee Montoya. By October 2018, Rosie Perez was announced as the actress who would bring Renee Montoya to life on the big screen.

In 2015, Perez spoke at The Trevor Project’s live fundraiser event in New York City and self-identified as “quasi-straight” from the podium. “Every human being, whether they want to admit it or not, went through a period of questioning. I know I did,” she said. Her biggest high school crush was a girl named Michelle and she admitted, “all I wanted to do was hump her. And I suppressed the urge and suppressed the urge and suppressed the urge until Michelle one day started humping on me.” She later would say, “I’m not lesbian, gay or whatever — I’m a quasi-straight person — I still went through that period. And I thought I was all alone.” Rosie Perez is currently married to artist Chris Haze.

We haven’t heard a single line from Rosie Perez in any of the trailers but are ready to watch the “quasi-straight” actress hunt down villains in theaters.

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Detective Renee Montoya finds herself as a member of Birds of Prey superhero squad because, in Harley Quinn’s words, she’s “dumb enough to be building a case against” villain the Black Mask. We’re curious to see what point in the comic book character’s journey they’ll place Renee Montoya. Is she recently outed and facing that all too familiar lesbiana Latina burden of homophobic religious parents while saving her city? Or is she at the ex-cop, deep-in-the-disease-of-alcoholism, vigilante stage of her character’s arc? 

Watch the full trailer below!

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The Trailer For Harley Quinn’s Spin-Off ‘Birds Of Prey’ Dropped And We’re Loving The Diversity of The All-Female Super Hero Troupe

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The Trailer For Harley Quinn’s Spin-Off ‘Birds Of Prey’ Dropped And We’re Loving The Diversity of The All-Female Super Hero Troupe

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Harley Quinn is back and she’s Joker-free in the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ spin-off. The first full trailer for DC’s ‘Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ dropped this week and we’re loving everything about it. The film is set to be released early 2020 and when it does, it will feature a pretty diverse cast of badass ladies.

Most details of ‘Birds of Prey’ had been kept under wraps, except for a little sneak peak shared by Dr. Harleen Quinzel herself.

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Aside from the sneak-peek we got in January in the form of an Instagram post from Miss Harley Quinn herself, captioned “Miss me? ????HQ”, and a tiny teaser trailer, most details of ‘Birds of Prey’ had remained under wraps. But after watching the first full official trailer we have enough details to piece the plot together.

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In ‘Birds of Prey’ Harley gathers a group of uncongenial super-powered ladies to search for revenge.

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Birds of Prey is originally a DC Comics series based around an ever-changing line-up of female heroes, villains, and anti-heroes. The trailer for the movie opens with a drunk Harley Quinn pointing out that “a harlequin’s role is to serve; it’s nothing without a master.” She goes on to explain that her relationship with the Joker is through, and she’s looking for a “fresh start”, but as it turns out, Harley  “wasn’t the only dame in Gotham looking for emancipation.” After the breakup and naturally, a post heartbreak haircut, Harley puts together a group of uncongenial anti-heroines with similar motives, looking for revenge.

The team of iconic DC Comic ladies includes Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), from the Gotham City Police Department; the Black Canary/Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), who gave us a hint of her super-powered voice while singing in a club in the trailer; the crossbow-wielding Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead); and perhaps the DC Universe’s most lethal set of hands, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).

Margot Robbie is the person behind Harley Quinn’s own spin-off movie and she wanted to make sure to get a diverse team on-screen and behind the camera.

During an interview with Yahoo!, to promote her movie Terminal, actor turned producer, Margot Robbie, talked about how important it was for her to make sure to cast diverse leads. “real life isn’t so one specific image,” said Robbie, “We’ve got to reflect that onscreen.”

Television and film are supposed to depict our realities, right? That should mean showcasing characters of all races, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, etc. as thought-out and well-developed characters, instead of relying on tactless stereotypes for laughs. Who we see on the screen needs to mirror the diverse world we live in. And while there has been a slight improvement in the last couple of years, the industry has still got a long way to go and it’s crucial that we begin to see diverse casts, directors, writers, producers, and film crews. 

Margot Robbie, the person behind Harley Quinn’s spin-off,  worked hard to build a diverse team for this movie, both in front of the camera and behind it. Robbie describes ‘Birds of Prey’ as an “R-rated girl gang film”. “I was like, Harley needs friends, Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film,” she said about her pitch during an interview with Collider. “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.” 

Just watching the trailer and seeing the group of diverse anti-heroes and women of color playing strong badass action-driven characters has us counting the days until the premiere. A study by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) says that films with more diverse casts perform better at the box office than less diverse ones —Confirming what people and actors of color have been saying for years!

For the film, Robbie casted women with vastly different backgrounds and secured a female director and screenplay writer.

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The “Birds of Prey” are all women with different and vast backgrounds. Jurnee Smollett-Bell who’s playing Black Canary has described herself as “Blewish” aka black and Jewish and is 100% proud of her biracial ancestry. Rosie Perez (who plays Renee Montoya), was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but considers herself Puerto Rican fist and foremost and has shown the world her pride for her heritage in the documentary “I’m Boricua, Just So You Know“. 

When “Birds of Prey” debuts in theaters next year, so will Ella Jay Basco. Bringing the character Cassandra Cain to life will be the young actress of Korean and Filipino ancestry’s big-screen debut. “I really want to represent the Asian community – that alone inspires me to act because representation and diversity in the industry is super important to me.” Basco revealed in an interview with A Book Of.

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Director Cathy Yan has reportedly been tabbed to direct the movie, marking her first Asian female director to helm a DC movie. “…And then, of course, having a female director to tell that story,” Robbie said to Yahoo! “And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff, they always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing’? So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.” she continued. The screenplay was written by Christina Hodson, who also wrote the Transformers sequel ‘Bumblebee’ starring Hailee Steinfeld, and who will also be writing DC’s “Batgirl” movie. 

“Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of a One Harley Quinn” is set to release on February 7, 2020. Other upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps.

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This New Trailer For ‘One Day At A Time’ Gives You A Sneak Peak Of What’s To Come In Season 2

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This New Trailer For ‘One Day At A Time’ Gives You A Sneak Peak Of What’s To Come In Season 2

“Experience the struggles, feel the emotions, celebrate the fun, joy, and love.”

After a rollercoaster of events in Season 1, Netflix series “One Day at a Time” is back with Season 2, premiering on Friday, January 26.

The last season concluded with Elena’s quinceañera, which unfortunately didn’t end on great terms. Elena decides to come out to her dad the night before her quince and he responds with a laugh. Even though Elena’s dad shows up to her quinceañera, he leaves the party right before their traditional father and daughter dance. Elena is left crying on the dance floor, but the rest of her family comes to the rescue and they dance with her until the end of the night.

In the sneak peek of Season 2, we find out that things get better for Elena, and she gets her very first girlfriend. Even though her mom, Penelope, faces issues with depression and anxiety, and her brother Alex deals with bullying, at the end of the day they have each other’s backs. It’s safe to say this new season will bring both tears of sadness and joy, and fans can’t wait.

Fans have taken to Twitter to express their feels.

Yes, yes, and YES.

Fans of the show and members of the LGBTQ community are especially excited for what’s to come for Elena.

Elena’s dad may not have accepted her for being gay in Season 1, but Season 2 is going to be all about embracing it. ❤️

There’s so much excitement that some people are already requesting January 26 off work so they can stay home and catch the premiere.

I’m actually considering doing the same.

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