After being shunned from the editing room before Warner Brothers sent Suicide Squad off to Trailer Park productions to put together what became the theatrical release of the film, David Ayer has been welcomed back into the DC fold. Rather than lay the foundation for the DCEU — building their rogue’s gallery up— featuring them individually as antagonists in solo hero led features, Warner Brothers yet again has decided to cut corners in an attempt to catch up to the Marvel cinematic universe by throwing a bunch of villains into another movie together, hoping they can match the box office numbers of films such as The Avengers or Captain America: Civil War.
THR reports Ayer will reteam with Suicide Squad’s diamond in the rough, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is set to be joined by Catwoman and Poison Ivey in a team up movie based on the comic series Gotham City Sirens. No doubt even the most avid of Suicide Squad haters can’t deny that Robbie was absolutely fantastic in the role, even if she couldn’t decide on an accent. Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote the script for the Tomb Raider reboot which is currently in development will pen the script with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Justice League producer Jon Berg set to produce the film.
While the idea of seeing Harley Quinn bouncing off of Catwoman and Poison Ivy sounds fantastic, what is alarming is that the move is due only to the response to Robbie’s performance. Rather than focusing on building a foundation for the DCEU by telling the stories they think are the right to tell, Warner Brothers is simply deciding the direction of the DCEU based on the reaction to the characters introduced so far.
Warner Brothers has also tapped screenwriter Christina Hodson to pen the script for a Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spinoff with a sequel for Suicide Squad and a Deadshot spinoff in development as well. Isn’t a spinoff supposed to be a spinoff from the main stories that flesh out your cinematic universe rather than serve as the tools to do so? Do we stop calling them spinoffs when there are just as many villain led spinoffs as there are hero led films in the franchise?
Whether you loved or hated it the third outing in the DCEU Suicide Squad, there’s no denying that actress Margot Robbie was indisputably the best part of the film with her fantastic realization of the fourth most popular character in DC comics history, Harley Quinn.
Coming off the heels of the film, it came as no great surprise when Robbie struck a first-look deal to develop and produce three feature films at Warner Bros. through her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment.
According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. has tapped screenwriter Christina Hodson to pen the script for a Harley Quinn/Bird of Prey spinoff. While Hodson isn’t well known to audiences now, she will be a name to look out for in the coming years as she has already turned in a Bumblebee spinoff script for the Transformers franchise over at Paramount Pictures as well as reboot for The Fugitive over at Warner Bros. She first made a name for herself when her spec script “The Eden Project” made the blacklist and was bought up by Sony and Material Pictures. Her first effort to hit the silver screen, Shut In, released in theaters yesterday.
Whether the Harley Quinn/Bird of Prey spinoff is good or bad, tt will be interesting to see it come to fruition. Considering the shift in course Warner Bros. is making after the negative critical reception to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s probably a good thing none of the members of the Birds of Prey lineup have been introduced into the DCEU as of yet, giving them a fresh slate to move forward into development with.
Birds of Prey currently features Barbra Gordon, The Huntress, and the Black Canary. Just a few years ago The CW’s Arrow experimented with The Huntress and Sara Lance’s Canary going head to head in an episode titled “Birds of Prey”, but the female team never came to be. While the producers of Arrow weren’t thrilled with their interpretation of Helena Bertinelli’s Huntress, fans did respond to her character and the Birds of Prey episode positively. Considering it was revealed recently that Arrow was a testing ground for the squad lineup in Suicide Squad, I wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Bros. went with the current Birds of Prey team.
SOURCE: THE WRAP