Margot Robbie’s turn as Harley Quinn wasn’t just the standout of Warner Brothers’ ‘Suicide Squad’ but was one of the breakout performances of the year and it was no surprise when WB announced that Robbie was getting her own movie, with Robbie also serving as executive producer. Initial reports were that the film would focus on Harley, but would also include other female DC characters.
It has just been confirmed that the “solo Harley Quinn” movie is actually ‘Gotham City Sirens’, which was the title of a comic book that featured Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy!
In addition, it was revealed that ‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer would return to oversee this film. The script will be provided by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who is also penning the script for ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ for WB as well as the ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot. Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will serve as producers.
This will mark the new DC Expanded Universe debuts of Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Catwoman has previously appeared on the big screen portrayed by Lee Meriwether in the 1960s, followed by Michelle Pfeifer, Halle Berry (*shudder*) and Anne Hatheway. Poison Ivy was previously depicted by Uma Thurman.
In the comics, Harley and Ivy have an on-again-off-again romantic relationship. That could complicate things with Jared Leto’s “Mistah J”… should he appear in this spinoff.
Last month, it was confirmed that the Harley film would also feature the Birds of Prey, an all-female crime fighting team that has included numerous characters, most notably Barbara Gordon (usually as Oracle, but more recently as Batgirl), the Huntress and Black Canary. It’s not clear at this point if that information was false or if possibly the movie could include all six(ish) characters. But wouldn’t that be amazing?!
(NOTE: Katana has also been a member of the Birds of Prey and was played by Karen Fukuhara in SS, so there’s a distinct possibility she could reprise her role in this film.)
‘Suicide Squad’ has grossed $745.6M globally and has even surpassed ‘Deadpool’, a movie that SS was heavily compared to. Warner Brothers is moving ahead with a direct sequel and we know there are also plans to further explore Will Smith’s Deadshot, possibly in Ben Affleck’s upcoming ‘The Batman’ solo movie or possibly even in his own film.
What do you think about a ‘Gotham City Sirens’ movie? Would you still like to see the ‘Birds of Prey’ appear?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter