After Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman left such a sour taste in some people’s mouths, it’s hard to consider what good might come from the future of the DC Extended Universe. You can’t call either film a flop, having done particularly well at the box office, however the overwhelming negative response from critics indicate that these comic book films were not going to be considered critically acclaimed. This is not stopping DC/Warner Bros. from continuing their story telling pursuits within this shared universe. We’ve seen the bad guys take center stage with Suicide Squad, and now we’re going to see the lady villains showcased with Gotham City Sirens.
Suicide Squad director and writer David Ayer will direct the film with Margot Robbie returning not only as Harley Quinn but to serve as an executive producer on the film. Geneva Robertson-Dworet, writer of the upcoming Tomb Raider remake and Sherlock Holmes 3, will write the script. Of course, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will serve their role overseeing it all as producers. There’s no official word on who will join Harley in the film, but historically in the comics it’s been Catwoman and Poison Ivy. There’s likely a good chance that Batman will also serve a small role in the film, or at least get a mention. I’d hope to perhaps see Batgirl in this film if we’re going to give the spotlight to the women of the DC Universe.
The studio is also pursuing a Suicide Squad sequel as well as a Deadshot solo film with Will Smith reprising his role as the deadly assassin. There’s no release date announced as of yet for any of these films, however, Gotham City Sirens appears to be getting the fast track treatment.
I’m still hopeful for this shared universe. There are a few qualities about BvS that lead me to believe they can turn this thing around and I actually enjoyed Suicide Squad as a fun popcorn movie.
But how do you feel about this news? Do you have hope for any of the announced or in production films for the DCEU? Would a successful Wonder Woman film in June help sway your optimism or has the damage already been done?
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