A few weeks ago, we got confirmation that WB had hired Dead Pigs director Cathy Yan to direct Birds of Prey featuring Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and a few Un-announced female heroes. It’s an interesting premise, and no doubt after the success of Wonder Woman, this would naturally follow.
During an interview with Collider, the Academy Award-nominated actress revealed that she’s actually been working on the project for three years, having first pitched the idea back when she was shooting Suicide Squad.
“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. 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.”
I don’t necessarily believe it will be R-Rated, but not sure how much sense it will be go down that direction.Ultimately, at some point, they’re going to tie in the DC Cinematic Universe – and this may somewhat derail their plans to keep it skewed that far apart.
“And then of course having a female director to tell that story. And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff. They always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing’?” So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.”
It will be interesting to see how they fit this all in – the main members in the Bird of Prey comics are Batgirl/Oracle, Black Canary, Huntress, and Lady Blackhawk. There have been several add-ons with reboots etc. so will certainly be one to keep an eye out for.