Cathy Yan in Early Talks to Direct Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Movie

Cathy Yan in Early Talks to Direct Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Movie

Deadline is reporting that Cathy Han may be directing the planned Harley Quinn movie over at Warner Brothers. Not to mention she'll be the first female Asian-American director ever for a mainstream superhero film.

The girl gang movie is being written by screenwriter Christina Hodson, and it will be produced by Robbie, Kroll & Co Entertainment's Sue Kroll, and Clubhouse Pictures' Bryan Unkeless. The film takes inspiration from the Birds of Prey comic, which typically features a trio of female heroes like Black Canary, Batgirl, and Huntress. It's not confirmed if all these characters will make it to the final cut of the film. What is clear is that both the main characters and most of the creative braintrust are female, remarkable for a studio-sized superhero film. Robbie is close to signing a deal to star as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", so production on the DC movie won't start until after that film is completed. In addition to this film, a sequel to Suicide Squad is in the works with Gavin O'Connor directing.

Admittedly, it's been somewhat hard keeping track of the happenings over at Warner Bros.' DCU: you've got movies that are part of the established Snyder-verse (Aquaman, the next Wonder Woman), movies that aren't a part of that mythology (the forthcoming Joker movie from Todd Phillips), and a few projects whose ties to the greater DCU remain unclear (the long-gestating Gotham City Sirens movie, for instance).

Much like Jenkins, Yan has only one indie movie on her resume. "Dead Pigs" tells the story of a group of people in Shanghai, China figuring out their lives in the aftermath of a mysterious stream of pig carcasses floating into the city.