You could be forgiven for not actually having heard of the Gotham City Sirens, a #DC Comics series which was axed just prior to the New 52 — but soon Warner Bros. will be bringing them to life in the #DCEU and, for better or worse, you will be parting with your hard-earned dollar.
With that in mind, let's take a saunter through the Sirens' playground in an attempt to answer questions like: "Who are they?" "What do they add to this universe?" "How disproportionate to their bodies are their breasts?" All the important stuff.
Created by writer Paul Dini and drawn by Guillem March, #GothamCitySirens are a trio of bad gals formed by Selina Kyle in the wake of her heart being ripped out by Hush in the Detective Comics arc 'The Heart of Hush,' issues #846-#850 (she got it back, obviously). Selina's vengeance involved stealing Hush's billions and sharing the wealth among her girlfriends, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, whom she then recruited into an alliance of street crime and anti-heroism.
In many ways an all-female villain team-up feels like a very natural move for the DCEU. Not only is DC way more interested in its villains than Marvel (who apparently couldn't care less, having not yet created even one properly memorable antagonist) on the big screen, it also has a much longer history of giving its women prominence on the page — the Birds of Prey (with whom the Sirens share plenty of DNA) were formed 20 years ago in 1996, and that wasn't even DC's first all-girl team.
It's hard to know exactly what we should expect from the movie — the two-year run of Sirens in the comics featured a ton of iconic Batman villains from Hush to the Riddler to Zatanna and Talia al Ghul, but didn't have one iconic, defining storyline — meaning Sirens runs the risk of doing what Suicide Squad did, in introducing a ton of great characters without a solid story to justify their presence.
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But putting these three iconic characters in one place sets the DCEU up to move in some pretty interesting directions. For one thing, it promises a #PoisonIvy worthy of the character as she exists in DC Comics (her sole big-screen appearance to date being a complete travesty), not to mention giving rise to the possibility that she and #HarleyQuinn will begin a lesbian relationship, as they do over time on the page. That would be truly revolutionary — how many blockbusters have featured a gay romance between leading characters? You could probably count on three fingers.
On top of that, it gives DC the opportunity to clarify exactly who this version of #HarleyQuinn is — was she pushed from that helicopter by the Joker with violent intent, rendering her decision to run away into the sunset with him an act of weakness? Or did he do it to save her, making her somebody at least a little more in control of her own destiny? Ultimately, it would be great if Gotham City Sirens could take Harley to a place where she is not defined by her relationship with the Joker.
Time will tell whether Sirens is a genius move on DC's part, or just another awkwardly thought-through attempt at getting ahead of Marvel with a big name. For now, though, the omens look good.
Is Gotham City Sirens the movie Harley Quinn deserves?