Ava DuVernay Welcomes ‘Birds Of Prey’ Director To DC Films

Ava DuVernay Birds Of PreyDirector Ava DuVernay, who signed on with DC Comics to direct an adaptation of Jack Kirby’s New Gods, took a moment to give a shout-out to Cathy Yan, the recently-hired director for Birds Of Prey.

DuVernay took to Twitter to praise Warner Bros.’s decision to have another woman director handle a major film project under their growing DC Films division:

Birds of Prey revolves around a team of superheroines (and occasionally, anti-heroines like Poison Ivy) who investigate and fight crime. Given that Warner Bros. beat Marvel and other rival studios to the punch with giving a female superhero her own big screen standalone, it’s not too surprising to see that they’re furthering securing their foothold in that field by greenlighting an all-female team-up.

Executives at Warner Bros. are said to be over the moon with Christina Hodson’s script for Birds of Prey, which is why the project is being fast-tracked for a release ahead of Suicide Squad 2 and why Hodson has been tasked with writing the script to Batgirl. It appears that the intent for DC Films is to introduce the character of Batgirl in an ensemble movie before giving her a standalone, similar to how Wonder Woman appeared in a crucial sequence of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice before starring in her own film.

New Gods is in development at DC Films. The movie will be directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Kario Salem. No casting news has appeared so far.

Birds of Prey is in development at DC Films. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson. Margot Robbie is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn.

7 Essential Nightwing Stories For New Fans

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NightwingNightwing is easily one of the most iconic superheroes in the DC Universe (maybe even just in general) and he’s finally gearing up to hit the big screen. Dick Grayson is one of DC’s oldest characters, and as a result he has gone through major changes. The character started as the first ever Robin and has since developed his own heroic mantle as well as temporarily becoming Batman when Bruce isn’t available. He’s one of the few characters in comics audiences have seen grow up and change over time and that has led to a devoted fan base who wants to protect the character.

He’s such a fan favorite that his planned death in the 2005 event Infinite Crisis was scrapped out of fear of angry reactions. Nightwing might have the same skills as Batman, but his optimism and social abilities make him a positive character that other superheroes come to in times of crisis. So if you don’t know too much about the friendliest guy in the DC Universe, just pick up one of these books and dive in!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.