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BURBANK, CA–In a shocking move, Warner Bros. Studios has re-titled the upcoming DCEU film Birds of Prey less than a month before its scheduled theatrical release. The film’s new official title is Birds of Pray It’s Not as Bad as Suicide Squad.
The altered title is a reference to 2016’s Suicide Squad, the third installment in the DC Extended Universe and arguably the worst out of a whole franchise of terrible films. Suicide Squad, which received mixed to poor reactions from both critics and fans, suffered from use of obscure and underdeveloped characters; wide tonal inconsistencies; a complicated and lackluster plot; being based on a DC comic; trying to make a deranged psychopath seem cool, fun, and sympathetic; and casting Jared Leto as the Joker.
“We feel that this new title really captures the spirit and attitudes of fans surrounding the film, as well as around the entire DCEU franchise,” commented Walter Hamada, current President of DC Films. “We’ve done everything else we can think of, so now we’re trying a few new approaches with the fans: transparent honesty about how bad the films are, and outright desperation that maybe this new one will be better.”
“Please give us money, we’re begging you,” Hamada added.
The film, conveniently abbreviated as BoPINaBaSS, is a loose sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and features Margot Robbie reprising her role as unstable anti-hero Harley Quinn. BoPINaBaSS mercifully excludes any other Suicide Squad characters or actors, especially Jared Leto, who fans now universally recognize should never again be cast in a supervillain role. These key factors already promise to make the movie leaps and bounds better than its predecessor–at least for a DC film.
Birds of Pray It’s Not as Bad as Suicide Squad will be released on February 7th.