Since the Warner Bros. presentation at Comic-Con International: San Diego last week, many have wondered if Gotham City Sirens, a Suicide Squad spinoff, was still part of the upcoming DC Films slate.
The slate, as announced on Saturday, includes, Shazam! — said to start production in February — The Flash: Flashpoint, The Batman, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps., Justice League Dark and a sequel to Suicide Squad. A projecting centering on Nightwing is also in development. But the proposed Margot Robbie-led Gotham City Sirens project was missing from the list.
Late last night, Suicide Squad director David Ayer offered a ray a hope to fans wondering if the project was abandoned:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 27, 2017
“Here’s Harley” is a definite statement. The project, spearheaded by Ayer, would see Robbie’s Harley Quinn team up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Well, at least a previous picture tweet from Ayer implied as much. He subsequently posted a picture of Black Mask, leading many to speculate the Gotham City crime boss will be the main antagonist.
The project was announced in December, with Ayer, Robbie and screenwriter Geneva Dworet-Robertson attached, but the situation at Warner Bros. in regards to the DC films has changed since. Wonder Woman proved to be a financial and critical success while Zack and Deborah Snyder’s personal tragedy led to them leaving Justice League in the hands of Joss Whedon. To many, it seemed the look and feel of the so-called DC Extended Universe would no longer welcome the aesthetic Ayer preferred.
At Comic-Con, Ayer even made a passing reference to his displeasure in making a PG-13 film. Suicide Squad is his only PG-13 theatrical release.
But it seems, for the moment, that Gotham City Sirens is still happening. Of course, that could change at any moment. The Flash: Flashpoint has lost three creative teams during its development and Justice League — originally planned as a two-part film — seems to be the team’s sole outing.
Though the situation can look dire, it’s important to remember the DC superheroes weather a state of infinite crisis. Surely, they can take on the slow grind of studio development.
(h/t: Heroic Hollywood)