DCEU: Cathy Yan in talks to direct Birds of Prey

Cathy Yan Is Warner Bros' Choice To Direct Margot Robbie In Next Harley Quinn Film

In a historic move, Warner Bros. has tapped Chinese-American Cathy Yan to direct a DC spinoff based on Harley Quinn, starring Margot Robbie, according to Deadline. 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".

DC Comics' Birds of Prey are an global crimefighting team featuring heroines such as Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) and the Huntress (Helena Bertinelli).

Yan's presentation for the film was "exceptional", according to Deadline, with Robbie reportedly pushing the studio to hire a female director.

Deadline reports DC Entertainment is looking to sign Yan to direct the upcoming Birds of Prey-inspired film. Yan's hiring is backed by the film's star and producer Robbie who was adamant the film be helmed by a woman. However, it wasn't until she gave her "Birds of Prey" film pitch that sealed the deal.

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The Variety story confirming Yan's involvement also notes that shooting is expected to begin near the end of the year, after Robbie's work on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is finished. She's also attached to star in a "Suicide Squad" sequel to be directed by Gavin O'Connor, an untitled Joker/Harley Quinn film, "Gotham City Sirens", as well as a rumored solo film. Since its initial launch, the team has expanded beyond heroes like Black Canary and Huntress to include more eclectic players like Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Big Barda (soon to be seen in Ava DuVernay's New Gods adaptation).

Warner Bros. now has Aquaman slated to hit theaters December 21, 2018, followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, and the Wonder Woman sequel on November 1, 2019. The super-team of DC heroines has appeared in many configurations over the years, though Harley hasn't ever been a formal member of the crew.

Christina Hodson, who was recently picked to write Batgirl, is penning the script and Robbie is producing the movie under her LuckyChap company, alongside Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

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