Post-credits scenes have become all-but required from comic book movies: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had all of five bonus sequences. So it makes sense to wait around until after all the credits roll to see what lightly-hidden final sendoff the filmmakers have in store. Unfortunately, Birds of Prey doesn’t have any traditional extra moments. But while there aren’t any mid- or post-credits scenes, there is a funny little payoff for everyone who sticks around until the very end.
“Are you dummies still waiting here?” says Margot Robbie’s voice after the credits finish. There isn’t any video, but Harley promises to reward our patience with a “super-duper secret.”
“Did you know that Batman—,” she says, before the audio cuts out and the movie ends for good.
It’s a great little gag, but it’s hard to tell what the lack of the near-obligatory final scene means. Certainly not every comic movie features one. The filmmakers behind Joker decided to forego any bonus scenes, which is in keeping with the film’s effort to be an elevated take on the comic book genre. And the initial release of Avengers: Endgame made it the first MCU movie ever to lack any mid- or end- credits sequences, which makes sense for a film that marked the close of a major chapter in Marvel movie history and was already three hours long anyway.
With Birds of Prey, the reason for foregoing extra scenes is tougher to guess. As far as R-rated comic book movies go, it’s more Deadpool than Joker, and a bonus ending sequence would definitely be in keeping with its comic tone. And unlike Endgame, Birds of Prey represents the possible beginnings of a franchise, not the end. It gives at least three DC heroes their big-screen debuts, and any of them could presumably helm their own movies. But despite being well-received by critics, the film is being projected to have the DCEU’s lowest box office ever. It’s possible that, with the movie not anticipated to earn record-setting bucks, Warner Bros. didn’t want to throw open the door to sequels by including the usual post-credits cliffhanger.
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