Just when we thought DC’s upcoming “Birds of Prey” film couldn’t have done better with it’s casting, they nailed down an ultra fierce Latina. For DC’s Harley Quinn-centric Suicide Squad spin-off, Academy Award nominee Rosie Perez has been tapped as Renee Montoya, Gotham City’s badass Latina cop turned vigilante.
Perez ‘s new role will require her to step into the shoes of a beloved LGBTQ comic character.
Thank you so much! Very excited. Love @MargotRobbie's work & #CathyYan is amazing… And just overwhelmed by & appreciate all the wonderful comments & well wishes:) #birdsofprey @dc https://t.co/33Xi4F0q6x
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) October 4, 2018
Over the course of her time in the DC Universe, Detective Renee Montoya starts out working for the Gotham City Police Department, only to become disillusioned by it’s corruption from within. After being outed as a lesbian she leaves the police force to become the Question’s successor and operating as a masked vigilante.
It doesn’t take much searching to uncover that a Rosie Perez / DC mashup makes the perfect concoction.
— The True World Warrior! (@KingLeoPride) October 4, 2018
Of course, has some have pointed out the casting wasn’t we were totally expecting from Hollywood.
can people make up their minds? when actresses reach a certain age they don't get the same opportunities but when they get cast y'all say they're too old for the part????
— nicole ???????? (@organaprince) October 4, 2018
The DC Universe paints Monotya as slightly younger than Rosie Perez is now, but we are here for the non ageist casting!
And so many DC fans are already stanning for the unexpected pick.
Rosie Perez is not at all what I was expecting for Renee Montoya casting but I'm into it now. They are going a different way and I can't wait to see it
— Sara! ????️???? (@SaraHates2Tweet) October 4, 2018
After all, it isn’t every day that Hollywood gets on board with casting an Afro-Latina as a Latina lead.
Warner Bros. set a release date for the new film last month, revealing it would debut in theaters in February 2020. Actress Margo Robbie will take on the lead as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell will take on the role of Black Canary and Chinese-American director Cathy Yan is set to direct.