Well, it would appear that directing Suicide Squad didn’t prove fatal to David Ayer’s career. News broke on Tuesday that the director of DC’s villain-centric installment in its budding cinematic universe would be returning to helm Gotham City Sirens, featuring Suicide Squad’s breakout character, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Ayer, who also directed 2014’s gritty World War II tank drama Fury, will direct and produce the project. Robbie, whose portrayal of Harley Quinn drew lots of praise and helped catapult the comics character to new heights of popularity, is also executive producing.
Gotham City Sirens looks as though it will be based on a comic series that ran from 2009 to 2011 that focused on Harley, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. All three characters are female Batman villains, though all of them have dabbled in superheroics alongside nefarious deeds. Chances are pretty good that Ben Affleck’s Batman will make another appearance since, you know, the film will probably take place right in his hometown.
THR reports that Ayers was either going to tackle Gotham City Sirens or another planned Suicide Squad spin-off centered around Will Smith’s Deadshot. The Harley Quinn vehicle was the furthest along, though, and Harley is extremely popular right now, so Warner Bros. decided to fast-track this flick and save Deadshot for later.
Gotham City Sirens does not have a release date yet.