It was revealed yesterday (May 16) that Warner Bros. is developing a female-led DC Comics movie, with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn taking the lead. Harley will make her cinematic debut in Suicide Squad, which is set for release in August.
Warner Bros. is already banking on the fact that audiences will fall in love with Margot Robbie's portrayal of Harley Quinn, but she's not the only female DC character set for the spin-off movie. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that characters such as Batgirl, and the Birds of Prey could join Harley Quinn in the still unconfirmed movie.
This post will look at some of the most popular females in DC Comics, and discuss the five characters I would personally love to see adapted on the big screen.
Harley Quinn isn't the only female character making her cinematic debut in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Katana, as played by Karen Fukuhara, will also be introduced, in all of her blade swinging glory.
Katana is the obvious choice as Warner bros. will likely want to utilize the character in the cinematic universe they are building.
After the death of her husband at the hands of the Yakuza, martial arts expert and samurai master Tatsu Yamashiro journeyed to America, where she became the vigilante hero known as Katana.
However, Katana's quest for justice isn't a solo affair—the souls of her dead husband and countless others currently reside in her sword, the mystical blade known as the Soultaker.
Fans (including me) are just waiting for the moment the DC Extended Universe casts the latest interpretation of Selina Kyle aka. Catwoman. The last time we saw the character she was being excellently portrayed by Anne Hathaway in Nolan's Dark Knight Rises.
It's only a matter of time until we meet Selina in the DCEU, but could we meet her in the Harley Quinn spin-off movie before a solo Batman film?
Growing up an orphan in one of Gotham’s worst neighborhoods, Selina turned to a life of crime to not only keep herself alive but her friends as well. The vivacious villainess elevated cat burglary to an art form, stealing whatever may be necessary and sometimes even more—to survive and protect those closest to her. Utilizing a cat mask and suit to steal from the city’s rich and corrupt, she's a master at hand-to-hand combat and acrobatics, stealthy as a ninja and an expert at breaking and entering. - DC COMICS
3. Poison Ivy
After Nolan's Batman trilogy, Warner Bros. is attempting to create a more fantastical version of these amazing characters, and portray them as they are shown in the comic books. Nothing would cement the DCEU in a comic book world more than Ivy. We have seen Ivy on the big screen before, back in 1997's Batman and Robin, with Uma Thurman playing the role.
If Warner Bros. wants to develop a film based on DC's female characters, it will be hard to keep Poison Ivy separate.
Once an innovative, radical botanical biochemist named Pamela Isley, Poison Ivy’s academic ambitions died on the vine when she was subjected to less-than-reputable experiments. These tests twisted Isley’s mind and gave her a dangerous set of superpowers. Ivy found herself able to control plants and began to use her wiles and pheromones to mesmerize and manipulate people. She entrances them into doing her bidding and then draws them in, where they soon discover Ivy’s other power: her kiss and touch can be lethal.
Some terrorists fight for their corner of the world, but Poison Ivy fights for the world itself. - DC COMICS
4. Barbara Gordon
Whether she's suiting up as Batgirl or Oracle nothing would make us happier than seeing Barbara Gordon on the big screen.
Barbara is the founding member of the Birds of Prey, after being confined to a wheelchair she gathered some of DC's best female characters to help her fight crime. Introducing Barbara in the Harley Quinn spin-off movie would be a great way for Warner Bros. to develop the Birds of Prey.
Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, a confident young woman as committed to justice as her father, Gotham City’s top cop Commissioner Gordon. But when her overprotective Dad forbids her from joining the force, her admiration of Batman leads her to rebel the way crime-fighting rebels do in Gotham City: by picking up the mantle of the Bat.
An exceptional fighter and detective, Batgirl is also unparalleled in her computer skills. - DC COMICS
5. Black Canary
Fans will already know Black Canary because of her appearances in the hit CW series Arrow, but it shouldn't be too long before she is introduced to the DC Extended Universe.
Like Barbara Gordan, Dinah Lance has a connection to the Birds of Prey and let's not forget that by introducing Black Canary, Warner Bros. is opening itself up to tell Green Arrow's story.
One of DC Universe's earliest super heroines, the Black Canary mantle has been worn by a few different women across decades of appearances in comics, cartoon, TV shows and video games—but none is better known than Dinah Laurel Lance. Inspired by her father and his career in the Gotham City Police Department, Dinah wasn't able to join the force, but she found a different way of following in his crime fighting footsteps—as a black-clad, street smart vigilante.