Censored ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Accidentally Uploaded to HBO Max
Birds of prey no longer flips the bird in a sanitized edit accidentally uploaded to HBO Max.
As first noted by CBR.com and other sites, the R-rated Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of one Harley Quinn) — which first landed on HBO Max in August 2020 — returned to the streamer this week after a brief absence with tons of simple cable-friendly edits.
Although it’s listed on the main page as the original “R” version, the DC movie begins with an advice: “This movie has been modified from the original version as follows: It’s been edited for content.” This means, for example, that all profane language has been dubbed with family-friendly vocabulary, flashed middle fingers have been digitally multiplied (see screenshot above), and Renee Montoya’s “I SHAVED MY BALLS FOR THIS” T-shirt has been partially faded.
A spokesperson for HBO Max confirms to TVLine that the broadcast cable version of Birds of prey “accidentally added to the service”, and that the raw original version “will be available” – although no timeframe for the fix has been specified. (As of Saturday morning, the edited version, and only that, will be available for streaming.)
Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of one Harley Quinn), which was more clearly renamed after a poor box office debut Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, stars Margot Robbie (as Harley), Jurnee Smollett (as Dinah Lance/Black Canary), Rosie Perez (as Renee), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (as Helena Bertinelli/Huntress).
As announced in August, a standalone Black Canary movie starring Smollett and out lovecraft country/Underground creator Misha Green, is now in the works, to premiere exclusively on HBO Max.
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