Ewan McGregor To Become Birds of Prey’s Black Mask

by Erik Amaya

 

The Birds of Prey team finally have their Black Mask.

Deadline reports Star Wars veteran Ewan McGregor will play the Gotham City crime boss in the upcoming Cathy Yan film. Created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake, Roman Sionis was another scion of another well-to-do Gotham City family. His social-climbing parents even forced him to befriend a young Bruce Wayne. But his hatred of Gotham elite society consumed him, leading him to kill his parents and take over their cosmetics company. Unfortunately, he was a terrible at running the business and tanks its fortunes. Wayne Enterprises took over the failing business, but forced Sionis out. In his rage, he smashed his father’s coffin and formed a black mask out of the pieces; forging a new identity with which to enter the world of crime. His activities eventually brought him to the attention of Batman.

The character has appeared in episodes of animated series like The Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold and he was advertised as the chief antagonist of the 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins, though the story subsequently revealed this to be a ruse. A version of the character also appeared in the first and second seasons of Gotham.

Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie, returning as Suicide Squad‘s Harley Quinn, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell joining the DC film family as Huntress and Black Canary. Rosie Perez will also make her mark as the big screen’s Renee Montoya.

The film is set for release on February 7th, 2020.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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