DC and Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey movie is about to make superhero history with its choice for director. Cathy Yan is about to close a deal to helm the DCEU film. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has also now been confirmed to appear in the movie.
It has long been rumored that Robbie’s Harley Quinn would appear in Birds of Prey, but the DCEU’s roadmap has been convoluted, especially in conjunction with Harley and the Joker. The two have been rumored and confirmed for a slew of different movies, leading to a fair amount of confusion for fans of the franchise. However, it now appears that Birds of Prey will serve as Harley’s next appearance following 2016’s Suicide Squad.
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The Wrap is confirming that Yan is essentially locked in to direct the Birds of Prey film now. This is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. Yan is only the second woman to helm a DCEU film after Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins. Yan will also be the first Asian-American director to head up a DCEU film. These progressive firsts, along with the focus on Harley Quinn and the women of DC Comics, could give this film an edge when it comes to box office results. Along with Yan, Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson is handling the film’s script.
It’s difficult to say exactly how this film will fit into the DCEU. It’s long been rumored that both Black Canary and Poison Ivy will make their DCEU debuts in the film, with Batgirl also appearing in some capacity. For a while, it seemed as though David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens would be the DCEU movie to introduce Harley and Poison Ivy’s friendship from the comics to the franchise. With that film now stuck in development limbo, it’s plausible the honor will go to Birds of Prey instead.
With Harley now set to appear in Birds of Prey, it’s also possible that the Sirens will face off against Batgirl and Black Canary in the film. Then again, given Harley’s sometimes good, often bad status, she could just as well be an anti-hero as a villain in the movie. The Birds of Prey could even find themselves reluctantly teaming up with a somewhat reformed Harley in the film… or the opposite of that. Hopefully, we will gain more insight on that front as Birds of Prey continues to make its way down the pipeline.
Source: The Wrap