After the box office success of Suicide Squad, we learned back in October that Margot Robbie had signed an exclusive, first-look deal with Warner Bros. This deal not only includes her as a leading lady for a solo Harley Quinn project, but also as a producer under her LuckyChap Entertainment company. It's exciting, right?
Well, the excitement got even more intense for fans after Christina Hodson was hired to write the script for the upcoming #SuicideSquad spin-off. In addition to Robbie starring in and producing the film, we learned one other bit of information: this project is going to be centralized around the Birds of Prey, and not just Harley Quinn.
While this might be sad news for those who were hoping for Harley Quinn's movie to be centered around just her (or her relationship with the Joker), it doesn't mean that this project will be a total wash. But, of course, the question on everyone's mind is, who will be included in this spin-off alongside Harley Quinn?
There is a pretty long list of existing Birds of Prey members, and if Warner Bros. is intending to amp up the girl power in the #DCExtendedUniverse with this movie, there definitely is no shortage of strong female characters in the #DCComics universe.
Who Are The Birds Of Prey?
If you're unfamiliar with Birds of Prey, you definitely aren't the only one. Basically, the Birds of Prey are a superheroine team led by Barbara Gordon (a.k.a., Oracle / Batgirl) and Dinah Lance (a.k.a., Black Canary). The group's members have fluctuated throughout the course of the comic releases, but the most consistent team seems to be made up of Oracle, Black Canary, Lady Blackhawk and Huntress.
It's no secret that the film studios have been under a lot of pressure from both social groups and moviegoers to include not only more female characters, but more female-led films. With Marvel Studios releasing Captain Marvel in 2019, it would seem that Warner Bros. is using this Harley Quinn project as a catalyst to increase the female competition between the rival comic cinematic universes.
Which Members Could Appear Alongside Harley Quinn?
We already have rumors circling around that The Batman might give us an introduction to Oracle, but she isn't the only member of Birds of Prey. As far as assembling this team goes, we really only have one sure thing (at this point) with Harley Quinn. This might technically be Margot Robbie's movie, but it's not necessarily going to be Harley's. Aside from the four core members we already mentioned, this leaves the question of, who else could appear in the #DCEU version of Birds of Prey?
We unfortunately didn't get to see much of Katana in Suicide Squad (even with the extended cut), but she does have a rather rich history within the DC Comics universe. Katana was first introduced in 1983 and in addition to being an on-and-off Birds of Prey member, she teamed up with the Outsiders and received her own series in 2013. She made her big-screen debut with Suicide Squad, played by Hollywood newcomer Karen Fukuhara.
We got a very basic and fairly lackluster backstory for Katana in Suicide Squad, so it is pretty fair to say that expanding on exactly who Tatsu Yamashiro is will take some time. Birds of Prey could be a great way to expand on this character who will also no doubt be included in the rumored Suicide Squad sequel.
Poison Ivy (a.k.a., Dr. Pamela Isley) is perhaps one of the most notorious Batman villains in the DC Comics universe. Introduced in 1966, she has operated individually as well as contributing to several groups including the Suicide Squad, Injustice League and Gotham City Sirens. She has even appeared on the big-screen before in Batman & Robin, played by Uma Thurman.
In my opinion, Pamela will most likely be introduced sooner rather than later because of her recent involvement with Harley Quinn. The newer versions of Harley Quinn show a much different woman who is now separated from the Joker and in a new, non-abusive relationship with Poison Ivy. I would assume this relationship is the direction Warner Bros. is going in given their obvious lack of interest in #TheJoker, so at some point it's likely we will see Poison Ivy introduced. Not to mention that her history with the group isn't very positive, so she could even act as the film's villain.
Catwoman (a.k.a. Selina Kyle) is yet another insanely famous Batman villain — and similar to other villains, she has dabbled in the role of anti-hero. She was introduced in 1940 and we have since seen several versions of Catwoman on the big screen, including Batman, Batman Returns, Catwoman and The Dark Knight Rises. She's been portrayed by actresses such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriweather and Eartha Kitt.
Catwoman has a spotty history with the Birds of Prey, but she has worked with Oracle, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn before. Catwoman has even worked against Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in an alliance with Batman, too. Her extensive history within the DC Comics universe gives almost endless possibilities to what she could be in the DCEU, but she could easily be incorporated into Birds of Prey.
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