Remember when Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn performance in Suicide Squad was praised as one of the film’s standouts? It was so good that, despite all the negative reviews of the comic book pic, DC Films is still keen on having Robbie and her character return for a spin-off movie.
Now, in a surprising turn of events, that movie now has a name and a director to boot.
According to a recent THR report, Suicide Squad director David Ayer will team up again with Robbie for Gotham City Sirens, a feature film adapted from a recent DC comics of the same name that sees three of the most popular female DC villains – Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy – come together to fight against other notable criminals and villains from the Batman lore.
Geneva Robertson-Dworet, a well-known female writer who penned the scripts for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot and Sherlock Holmes 3, is tasked to write the screenplay.
Head of DC Films Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will be involved in the spin-off with Robbie also executive producing the film.
As exciting as this news is, the fact that Ayer will be sitting in the director’s chair again for another DC film has somehow made me uneasy, if not pessimistic, about the outcome of this project. Don’t get wrong, I’m stoked with the idea of bringing these bad-ass female DC characters together in the big screen. But the disappointment that was Suicide Squad has, in some way, left me dispirited for this next DC effort.
Here’s hoping all those negative reactions for Suicide Squad has made everyone learn their lessons. And hopefully, we can see a Gotham City Sirens that’s not just a visual feast, but also a beautifully executed adaptation far more empowering than its source material.
Aside from Sirens, the studio is also looking at a Suicide Squad sequel and a standalone Deadshot film, the lethal assassin character played by Will Smith. However, no directors are attached yet for these two projects.
There is no official release date yet for Gotham City Sirens, but it has been given the green light already for production.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter