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Birds of Prey (aka Harley Quinn spin-off)

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Harley Quinn Movie In the Works at Warner Bros. With Margot Robbie (Exclusive)
Months ahead of the opening of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. is already contemplating a spin-off for the DC Entertainment anti-heroine, Harley Quinn.
Margot Robbie, who stars as the villainess in Suicide Squad, is attached to reprise the character and would also produce the untitled spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
But in an interesting twist, the project is not a Quinn solo movie. Rather, it would focus on several of DC’s female heroes and villains.
Details are being closely guarded but names such as Batgirl and Birds of Prey have surfaced, although in what capacity, it’s not clear. Warner Bros. isn’t commenting.
There is also a scribe penning the script but those details, too, are being kept secret, although it is known that the writer is female. . . .
Hollywood Reporter, May 16

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Cathy Yan to Direct Harley Quinn Spinoff Starring Margot Robbie
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. . . .
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. . . .
Variety, April 17

Cathy Yan Is Warner Bros Choice To Direct Margot Robbie In Next Harley Quinn Film
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Cathy Yan to be the director of an untitled girl gang movie, likely the next superhero film to be graced by Suicide Squad scene-stealer Harley Quinn, in the form of Margot Robbie. A deal has to be completed, but it is expected that Yan will become the third female filmmaker to join the DC club after Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay (for upcoming The New Gods), and the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film.
Deadline.com, April 17

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Re: that last sentence, whether Yan is "the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film" would presumably hinge on how you define "Asian". Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander is Palestinian on her father's side, and Palestine is in Asia. West Asia, true, but still Asia (and definitely not Europe or Africa). (When I was growing up, the word "Asian" was almost always used to refer to East Asians -- or so it seemed to me, at any rate -- but over the last decade or two I've noticed how the word is frequently used by British journalists to refer to *South* Asians, e.g. Indians and Pakistanis. And I have since seen people wonder if Hailee Steinfeld, who is part Filipino, might also count as an "Asian" actor in some sense of the word. So.)

Variety is more careful to specify that Yan is the first female Asian director of a *DC Comics* film. (The Punisher is a Marvel character.)

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