5 Ways Birds of Prey Is The Most Inspiring DC Movie (& 5 It’s Wonder Woman)
Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey are the two main DCEU movies with female leads. Here are some reasons why they are both incredibly inspiring films.
Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey are the two main DCEU movies with female leads. While they are both inspiring and empowering movies in their own ways, they are very different films. They are led by two unique and distinct characters, and the tone and direction of both movies are vastly different.
Having many kinds of female-led superhero movies is important, so comparing which is better can be difficult. However, there are individual ways that both of these movies are inspiring and important, and they both have their strengths and weaknesses.
10 Birds of Prey: The outfits are more suited to real-life and less sexualized
Wonder Woman classically has a more revealing costume which isn’t a problem in and of itself. The issue is when women wear outfits that don’t make a lot of sense for what they are doing.
While Wonder Woman’s look isn’t sexualized particularly, the outfits in Birds of Prey felt more functional and appropriate for the characters. Some characters dressed in more revealing ways while others were covered up. However, even the more revealing or sexy outfits felt like they were chosen by and for women.
9 Wonder Woman: She’s one of the most iconic superheroes of all time
While the Birds of Prey are a fun and inspiring group of women in many ways, Wonder Woman is one of the most classic and powerful superheroes ever.
She’s probably the most well-known and loved female superhero, and so there is an inherent power in having her on-screen in her own movie. The fact that she is this icon of feminism for many people is important, and this has inspired millions of people over the decades.
8 Birds of Prey: There’s an empowering message of breaking free from abuse
While Wonder Woman has many empowering moments and messages, the themes from Birds of Prey feel particularly relevant for women today. Three is a strong theme of women breaking free of abusive situations at the hands of villainous men and from being controlled by them, and this is relatable for many women on both a more personal level as well as a larger one related to women’s rights in the world.
Birds of Prey was a bit more in your face about women dealing with abusive men and pushing back against them.
7 Wonder Woman: She comes from an island made up entirely of badass women
While most of the film isn’t set on Themyscira, the fact that this place exists is rather inspiring. Diana is an Amazon and so she was raised on an island completely made up of warrior women who are strong and powerful.
While women don’t have to be completely separated from men and the rest of the world to be inspiring, there is something of a fantasy element to this place that many women can relate to and dream of when sexism rears its ugly head.
6 Birds of Prey: Contains a cast of many diverse women instead of just one
Diana is a very strong and empowering character, but, when talking about women and representation, there are many intersections. Having a movie that is led by a white woman is powerful, but having a more diverse cast is really important.
While Harley Quinn is also a white woman, Birds of Prey at least gives a cast of diverse women including a queer character and women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
5 Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman is an extremely powerful superhero
The women in Birds of Prey can definitely kick ass and get the job done, but they aren’t classic superheroes in the same sense that Wonder Woman is.
While a couple of them have superpowers, most of them are just highly trained and skilled. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, is basically part-God and is very powerful. While both types of heroes are great to see, there’s something exciting about seeing a female superhero who is stronger than almost anyone else.
4 Birds of Prey: There are no romances
This is a complicated point because having a romantic relationship doesn’t take away from a woman’s autonomy or her ability to be inspiring and independent. However, given that so many women’s stories in film focus on romantic relationships, the fact that Harley Quinn’s story was more about finding herself and not needing a relationship was refreshing.
Not having to focus so much on a romantic relationship is something that many fans enjoyed seeing from a female-focused movie.
3 Wonder Woman: Diana’s strength and bravery is central to her character
The characters in Birds of Prey are inspiring heroes in their own right, but the main character, Harley Quinn, is more of a complex anti-hero. On the other hand, Diana is someone who is a hero through and through.
The fact that she’s strong, powerful, fearless, and brave is at the core of who she is, and these are traits that are important to associate with women, not just with men.
2 Birds of Prey: The film has more of a female gaze
Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey were both directed by women. They were directed by Patty Jenkins and Cathy Yan respectively.
So, while both movies were heavily created by women, Birds of Prey felt like it was created more for a female audience where Wonder Woman felt like it was trying to make more people happy. Prey was unapologetically made by and for women and included many details to prove this such as focusing on fashion, food, and sharing hair ties.
1 Wonder Woman: The No Man’s Land scene
One of the most inspiring scenes for many fans of this film was when Diana crossed No Man’s Land. There was clearly a strong metaphor here for the strength of women and their ability to overcome the obstacles against them.
The fact that Wonder Woman, who is a woman, was the only one to be able to cross this area because she wasn’t a man was also rather metaphorically impactful. Many people regardless of gender, but especially people who belong to marginalized genders, related strongly and emotionally to this scene.