Updated September 26, 2019: DC has announced that the postponed DC Black Label Birds of Prey title is now set for release in February 2020. While not specifying a specific date, a February release would coincide with the February 7 release of the Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) film.
Birds of Prey was originally announced for an October 2019 debut, but DC later pulled it from the schedule and announced plans to revise the books tone to for adults only.
Original Story September 19, 2019: DC's planned Birds of Prey ongoing set to debut this October has been postponed to 2020, with a plan to make it a more mature title and tie-in to the upcoming Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
"Retailers, DC is making the move to push the new Birds of Prey into DC Black Label, the perfect place for its hard-hitting storyline by writer Brian Azzarello, artist Emanuela Lupacchino," the publisher told retailers Wednesday evening.
Originally solicited as a T+ title (as in for readers 15 and older), the now Black Label Birds of Prey title is framed as for readers 17 and up.
DC is replacing series artist Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy's original Birds of Prey #1 primary cover with a new illustration by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Alex Sinclair. The publisher didn't specify if the original #1 cover would be used in some other capacity.
Described now as an "upscale" Black Label project, Birds of Prey will be that label's first ongoing title. DC didn't specify whether "upscale" equates to any change to the previously-solicited $3.99 cover price.
No specific revised release date was given for Birds of Prey #1, however the movie is due out February 7, 2020.