Movie titles usually get to the point. They need to be bold, memorable, and short. But that isn’t always the case. Take the new Birds Of Prey movie for example. The full title is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The title was met with varying reactions, but one person who loves it is Harley Quinn actor Margot Robbie.
She was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and talked about the title. Thanks to ComicBook.com for the transcript.’
“That’s real.” Robbie revealed. “Yeah, that’s the title. It’s not going to be … It’s not a very serious movie. Birds of Prey makes it sound very serious, and then that [subtitle is] Harley kind of going ‘Hey, here I am.’”
Robbie was involved with naming the film too, as she said her inspiration was another long-titled film she loves.
“I love a long title.” Robbie explained. “I said that when we were trying to come up with the title, ‘Did you ever see The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?‘ …It’s a long title, but I love it.”
You can watch the interview below.
As far as titles go, it is long. But it isn’t the longest ever. Two of the most mainstream films with long titles are: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Of course the longest title ever is the spoof: Night Of The Day Of The Dawn Of The Son Of The Bride Of The Return Of The Revenge Of The Terror Of The Attack Of The Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating, Crawling, Alien, Zombified, Subhumanoid Living Dead — Part 5. So compared to that, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is peanuts.
However, for the sake of my sanity, any future story will probably just use its shortened name – Birds of Prey.
This is one of the more exciting DC movies that we know is actually happening. Hopefully the movie is as weird and charming as its title.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits theaters February 7, 2020.