If you are unfamiliar with Black Mask, here’s a quick description for you:
Black Mask AKA Roman Sionis first appeared during Batman #386 in 1985. Growing up in a wealthy family and heir to the Janus Cosmetics fortune, Roman despised his high society parents. His hatred only continued to pile on until he actually killed his parents by trapping them inside their family mansion before setting the home on fire.
Now owning the company, Sionis quickly drove Janus Cosmetics out of business due to bad decisions and a lack of patience. As most supervillains do, a humiliated Sionis decided to become a crime lord. Already having an obsession for masks, Roman carved out a skull-like mask out of pieces from his father’s ebony casket.
The Wrap also confirmed that the Birds of Prey team will consist of Black Canary, Renee Montoya, The Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
The reasoning behind the villain choice for Birds of Prey is still unknown. However, DiscussingFilm has released a possible synopsis for the upcoming female-centric team-up:
“After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.”
DiscussingFilm also said that Batgirl will not make an appearance in the film, despite being featured in earlier drafts of the script. Batgirl has been a focal point of the team in many of its incarnations.
This synopsis, which should be taken with a grain of salt until Warner Bros. gives out more information, does line up pretty nicely with the villain reveal.
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