Harley Quinn Movie Hires Female Director

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The trade adds that the project will be based on Birds of Prey, which in the DC universe teams Quinn with several other crime fighters, namely Black Canary, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and Huntress, though Deadline adds that it is not confirmed if all of them will be characters in the film. However, things are looking great for the director because, according to Deadline, she crafted a remarkable presentation for her vision of the movie. Robbie is close to signing a deal to star as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", so production on the DC movie won't start until after that film is completed. Yan, whose feature-film debut Dead Pigs picked up an award at Sundance this year, beat out numerous contenders for the plum job.

Warner Bros. has been hard at work on developing a slew of films based on DC properties over the past few years.

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Warner Bros and DC Comics have had a very hard time in their efforts to match Marvel's cinematic successes.

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).

If the new strategy is to give the movies to directors and writers most capable of telling the character's stories, and then getting out of the way, the DC film universe might have a chance to get better. The script has already been written, but Christina Hodson, who is also handling the script for the Batgirl movie after Joss Whedon's exit. Production is expected to begin at the end of the year.