David Ayer is returning to the D.C. fold and his heroine Harley Quinn. EW has confirmed that the Suicide Squad director will re-team with Margot Robbie to take on the adaptation of the comic book Gotham City Sirens, which tracks the misadventures of D.C.’s top female villains including Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.
Action-centric screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who has recently written scripts for the upcoming Tomb Raider and Sherlock Holmes 3, will adapt the comic book.
Ayer was maligned by the critics over Suicide Squad, which despite negative reviews went on to gross $745 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing D.C. movie since Warner Bros. rebranded the label and made an aggressive push to increase its output of comic book films. Robbie, who has signed on to play Tonya Harding in a Miramax biopic on the troubled figure skater, was seen as one of the few bright spots in the film.
The 48-year old director, best known for his testosterone-fueled projects End of Watch and Fury, is currently filming the sci-fi film Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, for Netflix.
Ayer is expected to turn to Sirens next. Sources say Warner Bros. is also still planning a Suicide Squad sequel and is contemplating moving ahead on a Deadshot project, centered on Will Smith’s character from the Squad.
The studio declined to comment. Next up for D.C. will be Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, set to bow in June, with Zack Snyder’s Justice League following in November.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.