A Birds of Prey film won’t be happening just yet. After months of speculation and rumors surrounding Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn solo film, we finally have some answers: David Ayer (Suicide Squad) will join the Aussie beauty #MargotRobbie, along with screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Sherlock Holmes 3 and Tomb Raider), to make a film featuring the villainous group known as the Gotham City Sirens.
The team consists of three women better known for being part of Batman’s rouges gallery: #PoisonIvy, #Catwoman and, of course #HarleyQuinn. In the Dark Knight's absence, these women will probably not be portrayed as villains — instead, they’ll take up the mantle as Gotham’s heroes in order to protect their city.
There some obvious similarities between #SuicideSquad and the Sirens. However, the brains behind the upcoming antihero film can do some things that will surely separate it from Arkham Asylum's super team. With so many strong female leads, it's definitely a move in the right direction for the DCEU.
What fans were robbed of in Suicide Squad, the Sirens movie can fix. Here's why we can expect Gotham City Sirens to be a better film than #DCEU's first antihero team-up.
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Harley, Harley and More Harley
Harley Quinn is trending upward. She’s not only one of DC’s most recognizable faces, she’s one of the more popular comic book characters, period. In 2016 Harley Quinn owned comic sales, with titles including Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad: Rebirth, Harley Quinn and Harley Quinn: Rebirth. The last one sold over 400,000 copies in the month of August alone, proving that people want to really get to know the Queen of Gotham.
Those numbers had a lot to do with 26-year-old actress Margot Robbie’s ability to prove that she could hang with the boys. The young actress stole the show in a film that featured Will Smith, Jared Leto and Jai Courtney. Not to slight all of the other incredible actors, but it was Margot Robbie who stood out in Suicide Squad.
She made Harley Quinn the shinning light and saving grace of a movie that critics otherwise deemed terrible. David Ayer can use the Sirens to really hone in on Harley; Gotham City Sirens can give fans what they want by digging deeper into former Arkham Asylum psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel.
It's A Second Chance To Get The Joker Right
Suicide Squad botched a great opportunity, especially considering it had the animated blueprint with the #DCAU's Assault on Arkham.
With Gotham City Sirens, Harley Quinn's and Joker’s story can truly be explored in detailed fashion. Even the actor playing the Clown Prince of Gotham, Jared Leto, expressed disappointment in his Suicide Squad glorified cameo: “There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie..."
Sirens can make up for what Suicide Squad lacked. In fact, it is from Joker's and Harley's damaged, dysfunctional relationship that the Gotham City Sirens were originally born.
Poison Ivy, the Trunk That Holds The Sirens Together
The botanical biochemist Pamela Isley, better known as Poison Ivy, played a major role in the development of Harley Quinn. After Harley and the Joker split, when she was down and out, it was Poison Ivy who gave her the strength and courage to move on. Ivy uplifted and empowered a broken Harley, and together they formed a bond that led to something far greater than friendship.
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Ivy’s kindness didn’t stop there; she also helped Catwoman (Selina Kyle) when she was gravely ill. Selina suggested the three of them look out for one another.
Ivy showed just how much she cared for Selina by confronting Zatanna under the suspicion that she had something to do with Selina’s illness. As they spent more time together, the women defended Gotham by taking on villains such as Boneblaster and Hush.
Gotham City Sirens will finally give Poison Ivy the big-screen portrayal that she deserves, with all due respect to Uma Thurman. (Batman and Robin wasn't her fault!)
More Heroines Is A Good Thing For Hollywood
Gotham City Sirens is also a great opportunity for the DCEU to ride a wave created by the demand from fans. What will make the Sirens special and unique is the fact that it will feature multiple comic book heroines in the forefront. Fans have been advocating for movies that allow actresses equal spotlight.
Hollywood finally noticed the scarcity of stories for women heroes; now they’re looking to change the landscape a bit. Fans are looking forward to seeing Gal Gadot's #WonderWoman in 2017 and Brie Larson's #CaptainMarvel in 2019. In meantime, we have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones.
However, the Sirens may be fighting a uphill battle. Despite the high demand for female heroes, Hollywood's most recent attempt at an all-female team came in the form of #Ghostbusters, which disappointed at the box office, leaving some to believe that such a movie couldn’t work.
The good news is that this isn't #WB's first run at something like this. After all, it's The #CW's #Supergirl that really separated itself by broaching "controversial" topics. The DCEU can give fans the best of both worlds by making up for Suicide Squad and proving that an all-female super team like the Sirens can be absolutely badass.