Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey nearly took a seriously X-rated turn

Birds of Prey saw the return of the irrepressible Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) earlier this year as the antihero got her v very own solo movie. Despite a disappointing performance at the box office, the film received good reviews on the whole and boasts 78 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a similar audience score.

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In the UK, the movie was rated 15, largely due to the strong violence featured throughout.

But a new interview with Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan reveals things could have been a lot more explicit in a rather different way.

Speaking to Empire magazine, the filmmaker explained how a racy idea for one of the fight scenes had been shelved because they had to “show some restraint”.

“When you set an action sequence in an evidence room, it's really fun and you can come up with so much stuff,” she said. “We had so many different ideas.”


Birds of Prey: Harley QuinnBirds of Prey: Harley Quinn movie nearly took a seriously X-rated turn (Image: WARNER BROS PICTURES)

Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn in movieBirds of Prey: Harley Quinn screenwriter wanted the antihero fending off a huge sex toy in one action scene (Image: WARNER BROS PICTURES)

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One of those ideas, Yan explained, was to have Harley fighting off a huge sex toy.

“At one point [screenwriter] Christina Hodson wanted a giant double-ended dildo that [Harley] had to fend off,” she said.

“I wanted her to have a big fluffy bear stuffed with drugs that she used as a pillow to fight with,” Yan added.

Sadly, the pearl-clutch-worthy idea didn’t make the cut.

Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn in a sceneBirds of Prey: Harley Quinn's standalone movie disappointed at the box office (Image: WARNER BROS PICTURES)

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