According to the website WeGotThisCovered: The Black Mask, the villain in the upcoming Birds of Prey DC superhero movie, will reportedly be portrayed as homosexual. And not just homosexual, but INCREDIBLY homosexual, i.e. MINCINGLY homosexual.
So far, early reaction to Ewan McGregor’s performance as the Black Mask has been overwhelmingly positive. Some have even gone so far as to call him “one of the best villains in a superhero movie ever.”
However, not everyone is excited to see yet another gay villain. As The Advocate mentions: ” Film history is littered with problematic villains who dip into tropes like the “depraved homosexual” or “sissy,” which are not beneficial to LGBTQ representation.”
Twitter is decidedly mixed, but is leaning towards a heavy “NOPE.”
In addition to Ewan McGregor as The Black Mask, The Birds of Prey will also star Margot Robbie (as bisexual icon Harley Quinn), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (as The Black Canary), Mary Elizabeth Winstead(as Huntress), Ella Jay Basco (Cassandra Cain), Rosie Perez (as the lesbian character Renee Montoya), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Vixen), Karen Fukuhara (Katana), Josh Gad (The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot) and yummy Chris Messina (as Victor Zsasz, with whom The Black Mask MIGHT will be in a relationship with).
Birds of Prey is scheduled to be released on February 7, 2020.
Watch the teaser below.