And then there was one.
Warner Bros. has been burning the candle at both ends to create a Birds of Prey movie. Recently, they hired Jurnee Smollet-Bell (Black Canary) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress) to join Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) in the Cathy Yan-directed film. According to TheWrap, they’ve cast their Renee Montoya in the incomparable Rosie Perez.
Per DC Comics wiki, Montoya was a longstanding detective on the GCPD before being selected by The Question (Vic Sage) to pass on guidance. After his death, Montoya took up the “Question” identity to become his successor. It’s also well-known that Montoya is openly gay. Whether or not that is a plot point in the movie or simply a mention, remains to be seen.
Personally, I love the casting of Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. It may have been her performance in Pineapple Express as Carol, but she was one of the two people I thought would be perfect for this role. The other was Michelle Rodriguez. Nevertheless, this is a great casting by WB, as Perez has had an incredible acting career, spanning nearly 3 decades, with roles in classic films like “White Men Can’t Jump“, “Fearless“, just to name a few. This would be her first venture into the superhero genre.
The last member of the Birds of Prey, yet to be cast, is Cassandra Cain, aka Orphan or Black Bat or Batgirl. Both her and the villain they’ll unite against, Black Mask are the last two characters needed to cast before this film gets underway.
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