Birds of Prey is a 2020 American superhero film based on the DC Comics team Birds of Prey. The movie follows Harley Quinn after her break-up with the Joker as she teams up with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save Cassandra Cain from Gotham City crime lord Black Mask.
One question that has been asked by fans is whether or not the Joker appears in the movie. Let’s take a closer look at the evidence.
The Evidence for Joker’s Appearance in Birds of Prey
There are a few clues that suggest that the Joker may appear in Birds of Prey. First, Harley Quinn is one of his most famous love interests in the comics, so it would make sense for him to show up at some point in her story. Second, we see flashbacks of Harley and Joker’s relationship throughout the movie, so it’s clear that he still has a presence in her life.
However, there are no scenes in which we actually see the Joker on screen. Instead, he is always just out of frame or off-screen altogether. This could be because actor Jared Leto was unavailable to reprise his role as the Joker for Birds of Prey.
The Evidence Against Joker’s Appearance in Birds of Prey
On the other hand, there are several reasons to believe that the Joker does not appear in Birds of Prey. First and foremost, this is not a movie about him – it’s a movie about Harley Quinn and her journey after leaving him behind. It wouldn’t make sense for him to take up too much screen time.
Secondly, Todd Phillips’ 2019 film “Joker” was released after “Birds of Prey” began production and has no connection with this film whatsoever.
Finally, director Cathy Yan has confirmed that they intentionally left out any direct appearance from The Joker as she wanted Harley Quinn to stand on her own.
All things considered, it seems unlikely that the Joker appears in Birds of Prey. While there are certainly some hints and references to his character, he never actually shows up on screen. Instead, the movie focuses on Harley Quinn’s journey as she tries to move on from him and start a new life for herself.