The modern comic book movie post-credit scene is a Marvel construct: More than 10 years later, we’re still goofing about Nick Fury showing up at the end of movies to recruit someone to the Avengers. DC Entertainment, feeling the pressure to show off big plans for expanded universes, has tried to replicate the experience to varying degrees of success. Yes, I would have watched Evil Yellow Lantern Sinestro battle Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan in a Green Lantern 2, even if the post-credit tease was an overreach. Shazam found the right after credits flavor, funny yet anticipating, and hey, we’re actually getting that movie.
So how did DC do this time around? Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) does not have a post-credit scene, but it does have a moment that leans into Margot Robbie’s character. In the vein of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’s post-credits scene (Marvel didn’t invent this thing!), Harley’s voice pops back up to taunt the viewers for still being there. But since they all stuck around, she’ll tell them a secret. “Did you know that Batman’s—”
We don’t hear the rest.
Did we know that Batman’s ... what? Did we know that Batman’s new movie The Batman, directed by War of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, started production on Jan. 28 with Robert Pattinson cast as Bruce Wayne and a rogue’s gallery full of name actors?
Or did we know that Batman’s... kinda sorta dead in Harley’s universe? After all, the Batfleck who popped up in Suicide Squad is no more. Which doesn’t fare well for the return of Jared Leto’s Joker, who seems to have taken a back seat to Joaquin Phoenix’s soon-to-be-Oscar-winning take on the character. Once upon a time Leto was set to star in his own Joker spinoff. Now Reeves is sending the DC universe in a new direction, and Harley is set for The Suicide Squad for director James Gunn. There’s no early word on Birds of Prey 2, but seeing as only his back appeared in the first movie, we don’t expect Leto to face off against the Caped Crusader in any capacity.
Perhaps it was a bigger bombshell: Did we know that Batman’s... actually billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne? It’s unclear why Harley would know that, but hey, identity revealing is all the rage right now: Spider-Man: Far From Home’s post-credit scene brought back J. Jonah Jameson to reveal Peter Parker’s identity (a narrative twist with a legacy in Spidey history), while Superman just revealed his own identity in the comics — prompting the Joker to start his own outing over in the Batman trade. Perhaps Birds of Prey and The Batman have more in common than we think.
Anything seems possible, but what could Harley actually tell people that they want to know? Google’s auto-populating questions reveal a whole host of topics that audiences want to know more about. Maybe Harley wants to be the new Ask Jeeves.
Well, we’ll let your imagination run wild.