Wonder Woman, a big-budget superhero movie directed by a woman starring a woman went on to make almost $822 million worldwide. So someone at Warner Bros. or DC must have realized they’d be stupid to mess a formula that has worked, because Deadline says they’ve chosen Cathy Yan to direct Margot Robbie’s next Harley Quinn appearance in a film based on DC comic’s Birds of Prey series.
Birds of Prey will put Harley Quinn with several other DC characters, like Black Canary, Batgirl, and Huntress. Deadline says that Margot Robbie specifically stated she wanted the film to be directed by a woman. Despite Cathy Yan having only one feature-length film on her resume (the indie Dead Pigs), Deadline says that she was chosen for her “exceptional” Birds of Prey presentation. She’ll be the second woman to direct a DC superhero film (after Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins), and the first Asian female director to ever direct a superhero movie.
Birds of Prey will be written by Christina Hodson, who was just hired to write the Batgirl movie that was reported last year. It will begin shooting later this year or early next year, after Margot completes filming on Quentin Tarantino’s Manson family movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This is the fourth Harley Quinn movie in production, the others being Suicide Squad 2, Harley Quinn Vs The Joker, and Gotham City Sirens. Both HQVTJ and Gotham City Sirens are planed for much later in the future.
Suicide Squad was garbage, but there’s really no way that the Birds of Prey movie can fail. That’s because of The WB’s 2002 TV adaptation. It’s not terrible terrible, but I will say that putting Mia Sara’s Harley Quinn in a “I wanna speak to the manager” haircut was a choice. Honestly, if Cathy Yan just makes sure to avoid the Supercuts look, everything should be fine.