Cathy Yan is about to direct a Harley Quinn spinoff starring Margot Robbie, based on a brand new report from Deadline.

With a script by Christina Hodson, who was lately employed by Warner Bros. to take over writing the script for a Batgirl film, the film can be primarily based on DC Comics’ Birds of Prey. The feminine-led superhero team-up has featured quite a few heroes over time, so it’s unclear who’s slated to indicate up. Barbara Gordon—the key id of Batgirl—based the Birds of Prey within the comics whereas working as Oracle.

Yan will change into the primary Asian lady director to tackle a superhero film and the third lady tapped to direct a DC Comics film after Patty Jenkins helmed Surprise Girl (and the upcoming Surprise Girl sequel) and Warner Bros. employed Ava DuVernay to direct New Gods final month. Yan’s earlier credit score is the indie movie Lifeless Pigs, elevating hopes that ladies administrators are beginning to the identical shot at directing main blockbusters that white males have been for years.

Robbie, whose manufacturing firm LuckyChap is producing the Harley Quinn spinoff, reportedly “held agency” about having a girl direct the film.

A lot of DC Comics’ movie schedule is up within the air apart from Aquaman, Surprise Girl 2, and Shazam (which is presently filming). Whereas Robbie’s Harley Quinn had been connected to seem in a number of movies together with a Suicide Squad sequel, a Harley Quinn and Joker romance, and a Gotham Metropolis Sirens movie that was lately excluded from Warner Bros.’ lineup. The newly introduced spinoff seems to be a very new undertaking (or a beforehand talked about Harley Quinn spinoff). However followers of Harley Quinn hopefully received’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer to see her on the massive display once more: Manufacturing is slated to start on the finish of this yr or early subsequent yr as soon as Robbie is offered to shoot the film.

H/T Deadline

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