It was reported yesterday by The Hollywood Reporter that David Ayer would be re-teaming with Margot Robbie on Gotham City Sirens, a movie that would feature all the female villains of the DC Universe. Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the breakout star in Suicide Squad this summer. Robbie was likely the best thing from Suicide Squad, which was horribly trashed by the critics but went on to gross nearly $750 million worldwide.
In addition to Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy are among the villains featured in the series. Geneva Robertson-Dworet is writing the screenplay. Robertson-Dworet previously wrote the Tomb Raider reboot and Sherlock 3.
While there are questions about the strength of the DC Universe, they are making a load of money at the worldwide box office. Man of Steel finished just shy of $670 million while Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was just short of $875 million worldwide. Man of Steel was the long-awaited Superman reboot and is supposed to pave the way for the Justice League movies much in the same way that Iron Man opened new doors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movies just didn’t hit in the same way that Marvel has. Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool were the best comic book movies of the year.
The critics were not in support of either DC films this year. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice had an approval rating of 27% while Suicide Squad performed just as bad with 26% favoring the flick. Man of Steel performed the best of the three but 55% isn’t something to run home about.
The fact that Robbie was the breakout star of Suicide Squad gives me hope that it can be the film that DC needs it to be. As bad as the film was, she received a Critics’ Choice Award for best actress in an action film. If there’s an area were the comic book films have suffered, it’s the lack of a female-led film. It took years just to get Wonder Woman greenlit as fans are clamoring for a Black Widow film. Captain Marvel is on Marvel’s slate but a director has yet to be announced.
Greg Silverman, who is stepping down as Warner Bros. President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, told Deadline that a Batman film starring Ben Affleck is set to be released in 2018.
A Deadshot spinoff starring Will Smith is being considered. It’s been an awful few years for Smith so maybe this could be a vehicle to get his career back in the right path.