Birds of Prey has finally hit theaters like a beanbag of glitter to the face, and it continues the DCEU's post-Justice League hot streak. The movie flies by at breakneck speed, and there are likely a number of details you missed in Birds of Prey.
Naturally, many Birds of Prey Easter eggs are allusions to the comics and Batman: The Animated Series. Arguably, the best is an extremely cool homage to one of the most iconic Joker moments in all of Batman comic history, but there are plenty of DC comic nods spanning multiple decades and storylines. They didn't just invent Birds of Prey for this movie, after all. And even though the DCEU isn't nearly as tightly constructed as Marvel's cinematic universe, Birds of Prey even includes a few cheeky nods to the rest of the franchise, including one movie DC probably wishes had never happened.
Without further adieu, grab your mallet and let's take a gander at a few of the more obscure references and Easter eggs from Birds of Prey you may have missed amidst the rainbow explosions and breaking legs.
Although Joker isn't physically in Birds of Prey, his legacy seeps into the film in obvious and sometimes subtle ways. For instance, Jerry Robinson, the artist that helped created the Joker, gets a possible shout out in a small, absurd joke.
When Black Mask captures Harley, she tells him she's great at finding things like, for example, a painting of a disrobed Eleanor Roosevelt she found for Joker in "Robinson Park." We're not sure if that's the type of legacy he was hoping for, but he's got it anyway.
It's one of those blink and you'll miss it references, but early in Birds of Prey, we run into a character named "Happy." Unfortunately for Happy, his face has been permanently tattooed into looking like a clown by the Joker. There's another Happy in the recent DC movie past, but we never get to see his face.
During the opening bank scene in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Happy is the first clown to shoot another clown (Dopey) in the back while disabling alarms on the roof. Grumpy later takes Happy out in the vault. Guess he lived a bit longer than that in the DCEU.
While you'd be excused for thinking that weird beaver in a tutu Harley lugs around with her for certain scenes is just an odd sight gag, it turns out he has a name: Bernie. Bernie first appeared in Harley Quinn: Volume 2, and he is just as stiff in the comics as he is in Birds of Prey.
Of course, Harley isn't the sanest person, so she believes him to be talking and doing all sorts of things even living beavers couldn't do. The two have an extended and truly strange relationship in the comics. He's arguably her best friend in the whole world, even though he's, you know, a taxidermied beaver.
Harley Quinn's no-good-very-bad day begins with her incredible breakfast sandwich being ruined before she can even take a bite. In a weird twist, the police captain (who doesn't come across as a good dude) is introduced with a similar looking sandwich on his desk.
It really reinforces the fact that breakfast is essential for starting the day off right.