The untitled film has landed newbie director Cathy Yan, who marks WB's second female superhero director following Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman, and the first Asian director on a comic book movie.
Give another high five to Warner Bros and DC. Upon graduating, she worked as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Beijing and Hong Kong before following her dreams as a filmmaker. Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is the only character now attached, but the source material included appearances by fan favorites Batgirl, Black Canary and the Huntress. Yan was competing with several more prominent male directors for the job, but impressed DC with an "exceptional" presentation of her take on the project.
The project will be based on "Birds of Prey", which follows the story of Harley Quinn teaming up with other crime fighters, including Black Canary, Batgirl, and Huntress.
Over the years, Harley Quinn has appeared repeatedly in "Birds of Prey".
Production is planned for the end of the year, since Robbie is now in negotiations to play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", Variety reported. That's all very encouraging, especially to those of us who could've maybe done with 75% less gratuitous Harley Quinn ass-shots in Suicide Squad.
Yan will be the third female filmmaker to enter the souped-up Warner Bros. superhero era, joining Patty Jenkins, who helmed Wonder Woman past year, and Ava DuVernay, who will direct the upcoming New Gods. There have also been rumors of a David Ayer directed female villain team up in Gotham City Sirens.
Christina Hodson, who wrote the Transformers spinoff film Bumblebee, penned this one and is set to script Batgirl for DC next.