Gotham Crime Boss ‘Black Mask’ Named Birds of Prey Villain


Last month, just before SDCC 2018 got underway, it was reported that Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain (Orphan/Black Bat/Batgirl), and Renee Montoya (The Question) would be joining Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) in Cathy Yan‘s (Dead Pigs) in the all-female superhero team-up film, Birds of Prey.  Attached to that report was that a villain from Batman‘s vault would be who they would face, but the caveat was we had never seen them on screen before.  We speculated it might be a female villain, but today’s report revealed just how wrong we were.

According to a report from TheWrap, Warner Bros. has decided to pit the Birds of Prey against one of the top mobsters in Gotham, Roman Sionis a.k.a. Black Mask!

If you’re unfamiliar with the character, the synopsis from DC Comics is as follows:

Roman Sionis, better known by his criminal alias Black Mask, is a longtime enemy of Batman and one of the most prominent figures in Gotham City’s organized crime. Once a member of Gotham’s social elite and president of makeup giant Janus Cosmetics, Roman’s own poor business sense led to a series of decisions that largely destroyed his reputation as both. Humiliated, Roman sought revenge on those he perceived to be responsible for his misfortunes – namely, Bruce Wayne and his company. To this end, Roman created the identity of the crimelord named Black Mask, as well as the criminal organization known as the False Face Society.

It’s highly likely that Birds of Prey will be set in the streets of Gotham, similar to how Suicide Squad was set in the streets of Midway City.  So, having a villain like Black Mask, who is demented, humorous, and deadly, makes all too much sense.  This is the perfect common enemy to unite the heroines against.  Furthermore, having his inclusion all but negates any idea of a supernatural element to this film.  Outside of Black Canary’s primal scream, no other character, announced, has any ability, making Birds of Prey a fascinating film to watch out for.  So far, we have yet to see a superhero film that didn’t revolve around powers, which maintains DC‘s new creedo of investing in what is unique, instead of trying to make a darker version of the MCU.

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