Cathy Yan Might Be Directing The Harley Quinn Movie 'Birds Of Prey'

Cathy Yan Might Be Directing The Harley Quinn Movie 'Birds Of Prey'

Cathy Yan Might Be Directing The Harley Quinn Movie 'Birds Of Prey'

While the MCU have yet to give a woman solo directorship of one of its MCU films, the DCEU has just secured its second solo female director.

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Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct a spinoff based on crazed supervillain Harley Quinn.The movie will be based on the "Birds of Prey" comic with Margot Robbie attached to star. In addition to all the badass women behind the camera, the source material for Birds of Prey features some of DC Comics' most legendary female heroes, namely Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), Black Canary, and Huntress. She'll also produce the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner as part of a first look deal she has with the studio. The news comes just weeks after Warner Bros. and DC tapped director Ava DuVernay to adapt The New Gods. According to Deadline, Cathy Yan will be stepping behind the camera for the next Harley Quinn movie.

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This is a bold bet for Warner Bros' Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada, who oversee DC under Toby Emmerich. Production is expected to begin at the end of this year after Robbie wraps filming on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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Yan's debut feature film, Dead Pigs, won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Two others, Harley Quinn Vs The Joker and Gotham City Sirens with Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer, seem further in the distance. Beyond that, she's mostly worked on short films as a producer and writer. Yan's pitch for the DC movie was "exceptional" and her hire was supporting by Robbie, who has been adamant DC and Warner Bros. get a female director to helm the project.

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