The trend continues for the DC Extended Universe.
The announcement confirms that a movie with Robbie as Harley Quinn in the lead role is just as important to Warner Bros and DC Entertainment as the sequel to Suicide Squad, in which Robbie also is likely to star.
Cathy Yan is a film director, screenwriter and producer set to direct the planned Harley Quinn spin-off movie.
Yan is a relative unknown in the film industry.
This is an exciting career step for Yan, a rare female director to break into Hollywood's tradition of giving blockbusters to filmmakers with just a well-received indie or two to their name (think Colin Trevorrow or Jon Watts).
Yan, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, made her feature film debut at the 2018 Sundance Fim Festival in January with the well-received "Dead Pigs, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting".
Give another high five to Warner Bros and DC. They were apparently impressed, as they are now negotiating terms.
Warner Bros. looks to be fast tracking their Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey flick. These movies get announced and immediately become a part of the blur that is WB's superhero output.
"Birds of Prey" was a comic book series created by Chuck Dixon in the mid-nineties. That's all very encouraging, especially to those of us who could've maybe done with 75% less gratuitous Harley Quinn ass-shots in Suicide Squad. The studio's stand-alone Batgirl movie, which was originally going to be written, directed, and produced by Joss Whedon before he sheepishly exited the project, is still in the works.
Over the years, Harley Quinn has appeared repeatedly in "Birds of Prey". As is a movie featuring the destructive duo of Quinn and The Joker. According to Deadline, the projects (including David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens) are still happening.