Renee Montoya (L) and Kate Kane aka Batwoman | Photo: DC Comics
Upcoming DCEU movie Birds Of Prey might be the superhero film with the broadest LGBTI representation yet.
Following the announcement that Black Mask, the villain portrayed by Ewan McGregor, will be gay, speculations over another character in the movie by Cathy Yan have started.
Birds Of Prey and LGBTI representation
The stand-alone movie on Margot Robbie’s bisexual Harley Quinn features yet another LGBTI character.
Lesbian policewoman Renee Montoya, played by In Living Color actress Rosie Perez, not only won’t be straight-washed in the film, but will also be in a same-sex relationship.
Her rumored onscreen partner is an unnamed law enforcement colleague played by comedienne Ali Wong. She will star as the mother of Cassandra Cain, a young martial art expert played by 12-year-old Ella Jay Basco.
Wong’s latest work is Netflix romcom Always Be My Maybe, where she plays chef star Sasha. She also penned the fist three seasons of Fresh Off The Boat.
According to multiple sources, Wong and Perez’s characters will kiss onscreen, beating any MCU movie to it.
Renee Montoya dated Batwoman
In the DC comics, Renee has been in a relationships with Kate Kane/Batwoman, but it doesn’t look like the couple will make an appearance on to the silver screen.
The character played by Ruby Rose, in fact, will only appear on TV.
Rose’s Kate debuted as Batwoman on the CW Network’s show Elseworlds on 9 December 2018.
Over three consecutive nights, Elseworlds focused on three beloved characters of the huge Arrowverse. The episodes centered on The Flash (played by Stephen Amell), Arrow (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) respectively.
Batwoman stand-alone series, by super producer Greg Berlanti, will debut on 6 October.
Fans of Birds Of Prey are here for the LGBTI characters… sort of
Fans of the DC characters took to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
I’m talking mainly about the last one. The fact that they had to mention that Renee Montoya is a lesbian and is in a relationship with a woman, as if it’s a bad thing and as if she hasn’t always been a lesbian in the comics.
— Bar ?️? (@PamsHarIey) July 11, 2019
I’m so happy black mask is gay and explore Harley Quinn bisexual and lesbian icon Renee Montoya!!! I can’t wait to see. It????????????? Margot got this! I got you girl and your back and I trust Cathy Yan and Margot Robbie ❤❤❤❤❤
— Harley Quinn fanboy♦♦♦♦ (@luke_schlicker) July 12, 2019
This is honestly so bombastic I would go watch it to laugh at it
The only one of these bullets i see being plausible though is “Renee Montoya is a lesbian”
— Sonny Liverod-Griffin (@SonnyLG2) July 11, 2019
so in bop we’ll have lesbian Renee Montoya, gay Black Mask and Victor Zsasz and bicon Harley
I LIVE pic.twitter.com/ECgrnr5q6n
— “i’m a rich kid with issues. lots of issues” (@Morie_Huyori) July 9, 2019
Birds Of Prey will hit cinemas on 7 February 2020.