Despite some of its more…divisive…aspects, there was at least one part of Suicide Squad that most people could agree on: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was pretty great. And it seems that, for as much fun as we had watching her on screen as the Joker’s occasional partner in crime, Robbie had just as much, as not long after the film hit theaters, it was reported that the actress was spearheading a spinoff featuring Harley and a handful of female DC villains. That project is called Gotham City Sirens, and it just took one big step closer to the big screen with David Ayer signing on to direct.

THR reports that WB has recruited the Suicide Squad director to reunite with Robbie for Gotham City Sirens — which is a little surprising, given THR’s own report back in August, which detailed WB’s competing cuts of Suicide Squad, and left us with the impression that Ayer’s vision was a bit…compromised.

But! Robbie has smartly leveraged her swift success into producing and developing her own projects (including that Tonya Harding movie), and given her position as executive producer on Gotham City Sirens (and its tangential relation to the core DCEU), it’s easy to imagine that Ayer might have a better time working on this spinoff. The new film, which will include favorite Batman villains like Catwoman (who also has a romantic history with the Dark Knight) and Poison Ivy, is said to be on the fast-track at WB — hardly surprising, since Harley Quinn has become one of DC’s most popular characters, bolstered by Robbie’s delightful portrayal in Suicide Squad.

The script was written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, whose credits include Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming Sherlock Holmes 3 and the Tomb Raider reboot.

According to the latest report, WB is still interested in a Suicide Squad sequel, as well as a spinoff for Deadshot, played by Will Smith (who is currently filming the fantasy cop thriller Bright with Ayer for Netflix). Don’t expect those films to hit theaters anytime soon, as Gotham City Sirens is WB’s current priority — and it shouldn’t be long now before the casting rumors begin.


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