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    Gotham City Sirens

    This is the smartest move DC has come up with in years.

    DECEMBER 13, 2016 2:01pm PT by Borys Kit
    David Ayer, Margot Robbie Reteam for All-Female DC Villains Movie 'Gotham City Sirens' (Exclusive)



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    David Ayer and Margot Robbie

    Robbie will reprise her role as DC villainess Harley Quinn.

    David Ayer is back in the business of DC comic villains.

    The filmmaker, who directed Warner Bros.’ all-bad guy comic book movie Suicide Squad, is reuniting with that film’s star, Margot Robbie, for Gotham City Sirens, a feature project that will showcase the top female villains from the DC stable, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Ayer will direct and produce the project with Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, the part-time girlfriend of the Joker who is currently DC's most popular female character. Robbie also is executive producing.

    Sirens was a recent comic series from DC that focused on the popular villainesses from Batman’s rogue gallery. Among them were Quinn; Catwoman, Batman’s sometime love interest; and Poison Ivy, who uses plants and their toxins to get what she wants.

    Geneva Robertson-Dworet, a top female writer in the action sphere who also has penned scripts for the Tomb Raider remake and Warners' own Sherlock Holmes 3, is writing the screenplay.

    The heads of DC’s film arm, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, also will be involved in a producorial role.

    Suicide Squad was a tough production and the movie underwent some reshoots, but it turned out fine for all parties involved as it grossed over $745.6 million globally. It is now the 13th highest-grossing superhero release of all time domestically and has surpassed the international box office of Deadpool, a movie to which it was often compared in terms of tone.

    The studio is still developing a Suicide Squad sequel as well as looking into a spinoff featuring Deadshot, the assassin character played by Will Smith. But this project was the furthest along, and with Robbie’s Quinn having received near universal praise for Squad, this was the most natural project for Ayer with which to make his Warners return. The filmmaker is currently nearing the end of principal photography for Bright, a fantasy thriller for Netflix that stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.

    Warner Bros. doesn’t have a release date for Sirens, but the project is now on the fast track.

    Ayer is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer.
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    Cathy Yan

    Not sure if this new spin-off is Gotham City Sirens or something else, but I'll post it here for now, as well as on Batgirl.

    APRIL 17, 2018 8:22AM PT
    Cathy Yan to Direct Harley Quinn Spinoff Starring Margot Robbie
    By Justin Kroll @krolljvar
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    Suicide Squad Harley Quinn
    CREDIT: COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

    Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct a DC spinoff movie centered on crazed supervillain Harley Quinn. The girl gang movie will be based on the “Birds of Prey” comic, with Margot Robbie attached to star.

    Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment, along with Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures.

    Yan, a former Wall St. Journal reporter who made her feature debut with Sundance entry “Dead Pigs,” will be the second female filmmaker to direct a DC film, following Patty Jenkins with “Wonder Woman.” She will also be the first Asian woman to helm a movie from the DC Comics universe. DC previously tapped Ava DuVernay to direct “New Gods,” which is still in development.

    Christina Hodson, who was recently tapped to pen the “Batgirl” pic, wrote the script. The studio had been weighing several Quinn options, including a “Suicide Squad” sequel with Gavin O’Connor, before picking “Birds of Prey.” Sources add that script is still being worked on, but Yan is likely to take over directing reins once the script is done.

    Production is expected to start at the end of the year after Robbie finishes shooting Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” for which she is currently in negotiations to play Sharon Tate.

    The sequel to the Harley Quinn-starring “Suicide Squad” is also expected to begin production in 2018. Gavin O’Connor is on board to write the sequel and is also in talks to direct the film that co-stars Will Smith and Jared Leto.

    Yan is repped by CAA. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
    I suppose I should start a thread on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood because if it's about Tate, it should include Bruce Lee.
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    So is Birds of Prey the revised Gotham City Sirens?

    Some one must know the comics...

    Who is Cathy Yan, the first Asian female director to helm a DC film?
    Cathy Yan just made history by being the first Asian woman to direct a female-driven superhero movie. This is what we know about her
    BY MELISSA KO
    18 APR 2018 / UPDATED ON 19 APR 2018



    Born in mainland China, raised in Hong Kong and Washington

    Yan, a filmmaker born in mainland China, is now based in New York City. She was raised in Hong Kong and Washington. She went to HKIS in Hong Kong. She graduated with an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an MFA from the Tisch Graduate Film Program.

    She was a journalist before filmmaking

    Before her directorial career, she was a Wall Street Journal reporter working in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing. She was also one of the youngest writers in the paper’s history to land multiple stories on the front page.

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    dc_uhdBreaking: Cathy Yan to direct Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn “girl gang” movie
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    The “girl gang” movie will be based on the Birds of Prey comics.

    Source: Deadline, Variety
    She used to work with auteurs like Jia Zhangke

    Her directorial debut Dead Pigs was executive produced by China’s renowned independent film icon Jia Zhangke. It was shot with a bilingual crew with money from Alibaba Pictures – a film company under Alibaba Group, which owns the South China Morning Post – and Media Asia.

    Her feature film debut ‘Dead Pigs’ is set in Shanghai and premiered at Sundance

    The Chinese-American director made her feature film debut Dead Pigs in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January. The film, which is a dark comedy about the conflicting social norms in contemporary China, won the special jury award for ensemble acting.

    More on the new Harley Quinn film


    The main cast members of Suicide Squad include Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Karen Fukuhara (Kitana), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Will Smith (Deadshot).Photo: DC Comics

    Based on the Birds of Prey comics storyline, the new project, an untitled all-female superhero movie, will feature the standout character from Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, along with a slew of female characters from the DC universe.

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    Birds of Prey was . . .

    1. ...A pretty terrible TV show
    2. ...A comic series with several notable runs
    3. ...D.C./Warner Bros' last hope for a superhero movie folks will like?



    So Christina Hodson is writing the screenplays for both a Batgirl Movie and Birds of Prey, I wonder if they will take place out of chronological order or drop the whole Killing Joke story line and cast someone else entirely as Oracle.


    Gotham City Sirens originally played the "bad girl" team to Birds of Prey's "good girls" I doubt Anna Hathaway or Umma Thurman will reprise their roles . . . they should give those roles to to Zoë Kravitz and (according to rumor) Megan Fox.

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    Thanks for the clarification DS

    Looks like Gotham City Sirens is a separate project from Birds of Prey so I'm splitting this thread in two.

    ‘BIRDS OF PREY’ RUMORED FOR JANUARY PRODUCTION WITH ALL-WOMAN CREW
    BY AUTUMN NOEL KELLY ON 5/14/18 AT 12:47 PM

    A Birds of Prey movie has been the topic of conversation for over a year and Heroic Hollywood reports the DC movie could start production in January with a crew entirely made up of women.

    Warner Bros. recruited Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) to develop the film back in April. Margot Robbie will produce under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. The film reportedly has two scripts, both including Harley Quinn and Batgirl as main characters. Black Canary and Huntress would be two solid characters from the comic books to add to the film, as well as Poison Ivy or Catwoman. One thing’s for sure: these characters won’t be playing second-fiddle to the male heroes and villains of the DC universe.


    'Birds of Prey' may go into production as soon as January.
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    “I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film," Robbie told Collider. "She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it."

    Birds of Prey is only one of countless projects Warner Bros. has in development. It’s unclear where most of these are in production, but DC is currently working on The Batman, The Flash, The New Gods, Man of Steel 2, Nightwing, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Booster Gold, Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2 and a standalone Joker origin film, separate from the shared cinematic universe.

    Regarding confirmed releases, Aquaman comes to theaters Dec. 21. Shazam is set for April 5, 2019. The Wonder Woman sequel is set for Nov. 1, 2019.
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    Birds & Sirens

    How 'Birds of Prey' Could Lead to a Poison Ivy Team-Up
    FEBRUARY 09, 2020 6:00AM by Richard Newby


    'Birds of Prey' | Claudette Barius

    With Harley Quinn's bisexuality suggested in the film's animated opening, an exploration of what a healthy relationship with the plant-themed villain looks like is worthy of attention.
    [This story contains spoilers for Birds of Prey.]

    Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) may be free from her relationship with the Joker, but there’s sure to still be a significant amount of toxicity in her life going forward, because she is still Harley Quinn after all. If there’s one character who can help mitigate some of those toxins, it’s Poison Ivy. Harley and Ivy’s relationship is a long and storied one in the DC Universe, ever since the two first teamed up in the 47th episode of Batman: The Animated Series, fittingly titled “Harley and Ivy.” Since then, the two have frequently found themselves partnering up in the pages of Batman, Detective Comics, Harley Quinn and the recent miniseries Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy and on DC Universe’s new animated series Harley Quinn. They’ve been criminal partners, BFFs and romantically linked, each aspect of their relationship creating a portrait of two women who are more than Batman villains. Margot Robbie has expressed her enthusiasm for the character showing up in the future, and seeing the pair of them onscreen would definitely thrill fans. There’s a scenario that could see Harley torn between Ivy and the Birds of Prey: Enter the Gotham City Sirens.

    Gotham City Sirens was a comic book series that began in 2009 and ran for 26 issues. Created by writer and Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini and artist Guillem March, the title saw Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman form a team in the aftermath of Batman’s apartment death during Final Crisis. In the series, the three still have their own separate adventures and vendettas, but come together for protection, which leads to them making enemies who would see all three of them dead, and dealing with the presence of a new Batman (Dick Grayson). The trio also found themselves allied with the Riddler, who’d been drugged and seduced by Ivy, and used his base as their headquarters. Warner Bros. saw the potential for the Gotham City Sirens early on and in 2016, following the release of Suicide Squad, director David Ayer signed on to helm from a script penned by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. The project was eventually put on hold in favor of Birds of Prey, but that doesn’t mean the Sirens don’t have a future in the DC film universe.

    The cast of Birds of Prey have discussed a scenario that would see the team face off against the Gotham City Sirens, with Harley Quinn caught in the middle. Challenging Harley’s neutral position as an antihero and finding her torn between the world of superheroes and criminals could be a fascinating arc for the character that could allow even more of DC’s women to shine. And with Harley single, and her bisexuality suggested in Birds of Prey’s animated opening, the exploration of what a healthy relationship with Poison Ivy looks like is also worthy of attention.

    Poison Ivy seems like an easy character to bring into this world, and more than enough time has passed since her appearance in Batman & Robin (1997), in which she was portrayed by Uma Thurman, for her to get a reinvention in the DC film universe. The past decade of comics has seen Poison Ivy, like Harley Quinn, pulled between the status of hero and villain, with occasionally inconsistent depictions, but of late she’s landed closer to the heroic side and may be set to replace Swamp Thing as protector of The Green. Like Black Mask in Birds of Prey, it’s possible for Poison Ivy to already exist within this world, making a retelling of her origin story unnecessary. Instead, the focus could be placed on her and Harley’s relationship, and how their perfect criminal partnership changes with the arrival of Catwoman.

    Catwoman’s introduction could prove to be a little more complicated. While the idea of Zoe Kravitz’s upcoming take on Selina Kyle interacting with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey sounds perfect, the specifics of Matt Reeves’ The Batman are unknown in terms of its place in continuity, if it has one at all. But thanks to Warner Bros.' increasingly leniency on the continuity of these films and greater interest in letting filmmakers tell their own stories, Catwoman, whether portrayed by Kravitz or someone else, doesn’t seem like too much to hope for. Like Joker, Catwoman is iconic enough for multiple versions of the character to exist. And like Harley and Ivy, she’s also found herself transitioning from villain to hero, and seeing those morals play out against the Birds of Prey could make for an interesting conflict, not to mention some stellar action scenes.

    Although it’s unknown whether Ayer is still attached to Gotham City Sirens, which he said last month was on hold, it would be more fitting to see him in the role of producer and have Cathy Yan and Christina Hodson take over directing and scripting duties, respectively. Whether the Gotham City Sirens have their own film first or appear in the Birds of Prey sequel that we’ll hopefully receive, it feels as though the same creative team who brought out the unique characterizations and complexities of Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, Harley Quinn and Cassandra Cain could do the same for Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Birds of Prey feels like the start of something new and exciting within the DC film universe and for those specific characters, a crossover with the Gotham City Sirens feels like the logical endgame.
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