Ewan McGregor calls his Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) villain Roman Sionis/Black Mask as emblematic of the "time of Trump."
"[He is] an absolute narcissist. spoiled in his upbringing to the point of having no contact with what life or people are about, who has a skin this thin and wants nothing more than to be the center of attention," McGregor told Men's Journal.
“He’s an incredible villain because he’s so likable and he’s so seducing,” added co-star Chris Messina, who plays Black Mask's sidekick Victor Zsasz. “You’re like, I like him, he’s cute, it’s fun being in his world. And then he’ll bite your leg off. He has these incredible turns of violence, this ferocious quality. There are a couple of moments in the movie where he rages that he really went there, and you could hear a pin drop. Then he would turn on a dime and then go back to the charm of the character.”
In comic books, Black Mask is a sadistic mob boss whose face is bonded with a black skull-faced mask - a look McGregor hasn't been seen sporting in the Birds of Prey footage seen so far.
Birds of Prey focuses on Harley Quinn as she teams with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to rescue a young Cassandra Cain (in comic books the one-time Batgirl) from Black Mask. It's due out in theaters February 7, 2020.