The Hollywood Reporter has announced that DC is working on an all-female film featuring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, with the actress also attached to produce the film.
It’s no surprise that Harley Quinn is being lined up for a spin-off outside of Suicide Squad. The character is a fan-favourite and most of the buzz around the movie has been centred on her. Robbie is also apparently a huge fan of DC’s female characters, and is the driving force behind this new movie.
Warner Bros. have yet to comment but according to The Hollywood Reporter, characters like Batgirl and the Birds of Prey have been mentioned, and a script is already being worked on by a female writer (who we can only hope is long-term Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone, who has also written episodes of Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold).
So, which DC ladies can we expect to see popping up in this as-yet unnamed (and officially unconfirmed) film?
Barbara ‘Batgirl’ Gordon is a founding member of the Birds of Prey in the comics, although she did so in her previous identity as paralysed hacker Oracle.
These days, thanks to the New 52 reboot, Barbara is back in the cowl. But while ‘Batgirl’ is being talked about in connection to this film, will we really get Batgirl? Warner Bros. have gone down the grimmest of paths with their Batman, so a wheelchair-bound Oracle might be more in keeping with the Bat-family tone than a perky Batgirl.
Which we’d be totally cool with, because Oracle was awesome.
Shiva has rumbled with the Birds of Prey before, both as a villain and an ally. She’s one of the best fighters in the DCU and is a sensei for the League of Assassins.
If WB wanted a villain for this female-led film who isn’t closely affiliated with Batman (as most of the best DC villains are), they’d do well to go with Shiva, or perhaps fellow assassin Cheshire.
You can’t do the Birds of Prey without co-founder Black Canary. On TV she’s associated with Green Arrow, but in films she’s free to be her own woman – namely a bad-ass martial artist with a hell of a set of lungs on her.
Soldier-turned-vigilante Kate Kane might be a better fit for the tone of DC movies than Batgirl.
Plus, she’s an absolute BAMF with a great backstory who deserves to be on our screen, even though she’s a comparatively new character.
DC is pushing her hard at the moment, and with Harley getting a spin-off it seems unlikely that friend-with-benefits Ivy wouldn’t come with her.
Ivy, like Harley, veers between being a hero and a villain, so she could be on either side of the fence on this one. Perhaps the Birds of Prey will first try to take them down, before eventually joining forces with them to take on an even bigger baddie?
Her inclusion would depend on how well the character is received in Suicide Squad. So far the trailers aren’t revealing much about her.
She’s been a Bird of Prey before, and DC are currently pushing her almost as hard as Poison Ivy.
Another long-term Bird of Prey, Huntress is the crossbow-wielding vigilante who, depending on which DC universe you read, is either the reformed daughter of a mob boss, a secret agent, or the alternate reality daughter of Batman and Catwoman.
It seems unlikely that the big WB would go with that last one.
Catwoman was once Ivy and Harley’s third wheel in Gotham City Sirens, a sort of evil version of the Birds of Prey.
She’s a big-name character, but Warner Bros. might prefer to introduce her in a Batman film before spinning her off.
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