DC Films’ Birds of Prey is currently eyeing a January 2019 production start date and looking to hire an all-female crew, Heroic Hollywood has exclusively learned.
Back in April, Warner Bros. and DC Films tapped Cathy Yan to direct Birds of Prey, so the move to get this up and running as quickly as possible with an all-female crew is unsurprising. Warner Bros. hired Bumblebee and Shut In writer Christina Hodson to pen one of the scripts for a Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spin-off back in 2016. Birds of Prey has multiple scripts and each of them include Harley Quinn and Batgirl as the main characters.
Birds of Prey will be the next film to feature Margot Robbie in the role of Harley Quinn. Following the shake-up at DC Films after the disappointing box office performance for Justice League, it was reported in January that the studio was considering Birds of Prey film in addition to a spin-off film featuring Harley Quinn and The Joker as the next vehicle for Robbie in DC’s current cinematic universe. The actress reportedly took an interest in the Birds of Prey project since she began to research her character for her role in Suicide Squad. She’ll also produce the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner as part of a first look deal she has with the studio.
In DC Comics lore, the Birds of Prey are an international crimefighting team featuring heroines such as Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) and the Huntress (Helena Bertinelli). The comic book team’s current line-up consists of Black Canary, Huntress and Lady Blackhawk, along with Hawk and Dove.
Birds of Prey is one of the many projects Warner Bros. has in development along with The Batman, a Flash standalone film, The New Gods, Man of Steel 2, Nightwing, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Booster Gold, Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2 and a standalone Joker origin film separate from the shared cinematic universe.
Warner Bros. and DC Films currently has Aquaman slated to hit theaters December 21, 2018, followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, and the Wonder Woman sequel on November 1, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the DC slate as we learn it.