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Margot Robbie to play Harley Quinn for David Ayer in Gotham City Sirens

12.13.2016

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Although SUICIDE SQUAD sadly didn't turn out to be the savior of the DC Extended Universe, the flick certainly has its fans ($745 million globally definitely isn't anything to sneeze at) and Warner Bros. seems keen to give us more of the worst heroes ever. Along with a SUICIDE SQUAD sequel and a Deadshot spin-off, Warner Bros. has also been developing GOTHAM CITY SIRENS which will see Margot Robbie reprising her role of the Joker's puddin', Harley Quinn.

Out of all of the SUICIDE SQUAD projects, GOTHAM CITY SIRENS is the furthest along in development and THR has reported that David Ayer will be returning to direct and produce the new feature. Taking its name from the DC Comics series penned by Paul Dini, GOTHAM CITY SIRENS will showcase the "top female villains from the DC stable" including Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Geneva Robertson-Dworet (SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, TOMB RAIDER) is currently onboard to write the screenplay and Warner Bros. is said to be putting this project on the fast-track. David Ayer is nearing the end of principal photography on BRIGHT, his fantasy thriller which stars Will Smith as a human cop and Joel Edgerton as his newly assigned Orc partner, but I'd imagine that GOTHAM CITY SIRENS would be his next project. Let us know what you think of this news in the comments, and make sure to tell us who you'd like to see play Poison Ivy and Catwoman!

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2:26PM on 12/14/2016
Disappointed. Not surprised, but disappointed. I hope WB wakes up soon and stops rewarding directors for how much money these movies make, but instead for how well-received they are. "Oh your movie made money [because people were curious to see it but then hated it once they saw it]? MAKE ANOTHER FOR US!"
Disappointed. Not surprised, but disappointed. I hope WB wakes up soon and stops rewarding directors for how much money these movies make, but instead for how well-received they are. "Oh your movie made money [because people were curious to see it but then hated it once they saw it]? MAKE ANOTHER FOR US!"
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2:16PM on 12/14/2016

Exactly what no one wanted

Yes Margot Robbie was nice to look at, but the Suicide Squad movie was horrible, and did very little to establish any interest in any of these characters. Please reboot this again.
Yes Margot Robbie was nice to look at, but the Suicide Squad movie was horrible, and did very little to establish any interest in any of these characters. Please reboot this again.
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2:03PM on 12/14/2016

So Joker was a disaster, his emo tattooed facade was pointless

I have no hope they will do Catwoman or Ivy justice. It's just going to be over-sexualized versions of the characters covered in tats and there for eye candy only. Harley was nowhere near close to being her comic/animated series counterpart. It was just some dumb chick who cant act in short shorts overacting and pretending to be crazy. It wasn't fun, or funny. Same with Joker, they fucked him up real bad. So you know they can't get Ivy or Catwoman right.
I have no hope they will do Catwoman or Ivy justice. It's just going to be over-sexualized versions of the characters covered in tats and there for eye candy only. Harley was nowhere near close to being her comic/animated series counterpart. It was just some dumb chick who cant act in short shorts overacting and pretending to be crazy. It wasn't fun, or funny. Same with Joker, they fucked him up real bad. So you know they can't get Ivy or Catwoman right.
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5:50PM on 12/14/2016
David Ayer loves his "street" characters. Can you imagine how awesome a Poison Ivy with plant tattoos will be. Maybe even a green ivy tattoo on her face. Then, Catwoman will have cat eye contacts and a whiskers tattoo under her nose.
David Ayer loves his "street" characters. Can you imagine how awesome a Poison Ivy with plant tattoos will be. Maybe even a green ivy tattoo on her face. Then, Catwoman will have cat eye contacts and a whiskers tattoo under her nose.
11:29AM on 12/14/2016
Fuck me. WB/DC really doesn't get it. Now I'm not sure if David Ayer is all to blame for Suicide Squad. But it was not a well received film, despite what the box office says. I can understand wanting to do a SS2 and even using Harley Quinn in more features. But why the hell would they double down on giving more movies to David Ayer. Like they had two shit movies back-to-back with Zack Snyder and they give him Justice League 1&2. David Ayer turns in a movie that is not that great, they
Fuck me. WB/DC really doesn't get it. Now I'm not sure if David Ayer is all to blame for Suicide Squad. But it was not a well received film, despite what the box office says. I can understand wanting to do a SS2 and even using Harley Quinn in more features. But why the hell would they double down on giving more movies to David Ayer. Like they had two shit movies back-to-back with Zack Snyder and they give him Justice League 1&2. David Ayer turns in a movie that is not that great, they give him SS2 and Gotham City Sirens? This is the very definition of insanity - repeating the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

And beyond all of this, WB came out with this huge list of movies they were rolling into production prior to BvS being released. What's happening with all of that? Flash has been delayed, Aquaman has been delayed, Justice League 2 has been pushed to make room for a new Batman movie (which I don't object to). And now they're going to shoe-horn in a Deadshot solo movie, Gotham Sirens, and SS2. Where does all of this stuff fit in their supposed master plan of the DCCU? It's so incredibly obvious that WB is just throwing stuff at the walls and seeing what sticks, absolutely pathetic and DC should be ashamed to see their characters being used like this.
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11:24AM on 12/14/2016
I don't know what or who to blame for Suicide Squad - the director or the writer. Nevertheless, Margot Robbie shines as Harley Quinn. She's born to play the role.
I don't know what or who to blame for Suicide Squad - the director or the writer. Nevertheless, Margot Robbie shines as Harley Quinn. She's born to play the role.
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1:57PM on 12/14/2016
Said nobody, ever. She was terrible. Her accent was in and out (and not even close to what she is supposed to sound like)
Said nobody, ever. She was terrible. Her accent was in and out (and not even close to what she is supposed to sound like)
4:15PM on 12/14/2016
Yeah, sorry dude, but she sucked. Kristen Bell wants the role badly IMO would do a better portrayal.
Yeah, sorry dude, but she sucked. Kristen Bell wants the role badly IMO would do a better portrayal.
6:18PM on 12/14/2016
Well, I still like her in the role though.
Well, I still like her in the role though.
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8:15AM on 12/14/2016
poison ivy will kiss someone and as they start to die she will pull down her lip to show that "poison" is tattooed on the inside. and catwoman will have a #catlivesmatter tattoo, hashtag included
poison ivy will kiss someone and as they start to die she will pull down her lip to show that "poison" is tattooed on the inside. and catwoman will have a #catlivesmatter tattoo, hashtag included
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2:49AM on 12/14/2016

Ink'd.

So then I take it Catwoman and Poison Ivy will be covered in tattoos?
So then I take it Catwoman and Poison Ivy will be covered in tattoos?
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10:14PM on 12/13/2016

Puddin?

will see Margot Robbie reprising her role of the Joker's puddin', Harley Quinn.
maybe i'm being picky and i could be wrong. but isnt Puddin the Joker? The Joker is harley quinn's puddin, not the other way around.
will see Margot Robbie reprising her role of the Joker's puddin', Harley Quinn.
maybe i'm being picky and i could be wrong. but isnt Puddin the Joker? The Joker is harley quinn's puddin, not the other way around.
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3:01AM on 12/14/2016
Yip,that`s what she calls the joker.
Yip,that`s what she calls the joker.
9:52AM on 12/14/2016
You are correct!
You are correct!
2:00PM on 12/14/2016
I don't think Joker has any pet names for Harley, he isn't even really into her. He just LOVES tormenting her.
I don't think Joker has any pet names for Harley, he isn't even really into her. He just LOVES tormenting her.
10:08PM on 12/13/2016
Maybe Ayer wasn't the only problem of Suicide Squad. Maybe his original vision was very different from the final product. The fact remain: the movie was bad! What is he being rewarded for? WB is yet again giving a second franchise to a director who didn't do well with the first one. It's not just bad compared with Marvel, it's bad, period!
Maybe Ayer wasn't the only problem of Suicide Squad. Maybe his original vision was very different from the final product. The fact remain: the movie was bad! What is he being rewarded for? WB is yet again giving a second franchise to a director who didn't do well with the first one. It's not just bad compared with Marvel, it's bad, period!
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10:04PM on 12/13/2016
I hope it's a statement about strong, empowered women!! I can't get enough of that right now!!
I hope it's a statement about strong, empowered women!! I can't get enough of that right now!!
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9:58PM on 12/13/2016
Her and Will Smith were the few good things about SS, and David Ayer is okay as long as his editor isn't a rabbid chipmunk spending its entire workhours in an epileptic seizure. That said, it's tough to give WB the benefit of the doubt when they still haven't proven themselves
Her and Will Smith were the few good things about SS, and David Ayer is okay as long as his editor isn't a rabbid chipmunk spending its entire workhours in an epileptic seizure. That said, it's tough to give WB the benefit of the doubt when they still haven't proven themselves
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9:47PM on 12/13/2016
I don't get why people are bashing Ayer, he's directed great films like Fury and End of Watch. Suicide Squad might of fell short of it's potential, but I don't think it is as bad as some people make it out to be.
However, I think this is a bad idea in general. I made a post a few days ago about who WB/DC are so obsessed with Batman that they're afraid to do anything else b/c he's their big money maker, and this just confirms their mindset. I feel like maybe this idea could work when the DCU is
I don't get why people are bashing Ayer, he's directed great films like Fury and End of Watch. Suicide Squad might of fell short of it's potential, but I don't think it is as bad as some people make it out to be.
However, I think this is a bad idea in general. I made a post a few days ago about who WB/DC are so obsessed with Batman that they're afraid to do anything else b/c he's their big money maker, and this just confirms their mindset. I feel like maybe this idea could work when the DCU is more established, but rushing it now would be a mistake.
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11:12PM on 12/13/2016
Ayer has also directed generic stuff like Harsh Times and Street Kings and garbage like Sabotage. He has a spotty track record.

As far as Suicide Squad goes, he rushed out a script and word is the extended version is worse than the theatrical version because it doesn't add anything beneficial like the BvS UC does and suffers from pacing issues.
Ayer has also directed generic stuff like Harsh Times and Street Kings and garbage like Sabotage. He has a spotty track record.

As far as Suicide Squad goes, he rushed out a script and word is the extended version is worse than the theatrical version because it doesn't add anything beneficial like the BvS UC does and suffers from pacing issues.
11:40PM on 12/13/2016
Fair enough, but I wouldn't say Ayer's record is any worse than most the directors currently working on comic book films. Who would be a realistic choice that would be improvement?
Fair enough, but I wouldn't say Ayer's record is any worse than most the directors currently working on comic book films. Who would be a realistic choice that would be improvement?
12:03AM on 12/14/2016
I'm sorry, Fury was not a good film. Suicide Squad was 'okay'. It wasn't a great film, but was watchable.
I'm sorry, Fury was not a good film. Suicide Squad was 'okay'. It wasn't a great film, but was watchable.
12:08AM on 12/14/2016
Joe Carnahan would be a solid pick based off his experience with crazy action and big ensembles in his films.
Joe Carnahan would be a solid pick based off his experience with crazy action and big ensembles in his films.
12:46AM on 12/14/2016
Soloist. Why would you recommend a director when you thought Ayer did such a good job? See your own comment below.
Soloist. Why would you recommend a director when you thought Ayer did such a good job? See your own comment below.
3:05AM on 12/14/2016
according to wiki he co wrote the original Fast and the Furious movie .
according to wiki he co wrote the original Fast and the Furious movie .
8:43PM on 12/13/2016
Instead of giving everything the go, please make one great/good film first!
Instead of giving everything the go, please make one great/good film first!
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8:33PM on 12/13/2016
This is just another shining example of how DC doesn't actually understand their own properties when it comes to live action films. How many more of these movies do we have to endure before they pull the plug and start over again la The Amazing Spiderman 2? At least Sony had the good sense to call it quits before things went too far with that Sinister Six movie they were so gung-ho about.
This is just another shining example of how DC doesn't actually understand their own properties when it comes to live action films. How many more of these movies do we have to endure before they pull the plug and start over again la The Amazing Spiderman 2? At least Sony had the good sense to call it quits before things went too far with that Sinister Six movie they were so gung-ho about.
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8:32PM on 12/13/2016

She was a HORRIBLE Harley

Can they reboot her and Joker? Those two were the worst parts of SS. Leto is amazing but he was doing a shitty emo Ledger impersonation and didn't make the character his own at all. Margot is just a really bad actress.
Can they reboot her and Joker? Those two were the worst parts of SS. Leto is amazing but he was doing a shitty emo Ledger impersonation and didn't make the character his own at all. Margot is just a really bad actress.
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8:29PM on 12/13/2016

Ayer sucks donkey balls

He's got the anti-Midas touch. Thats his superpower. Everything he touches turns to explosive diarrhea and whatever assplodes all over the walls is what he calls the final cut of a movie. Suicide Squad was shit, BvS was liquid shits, and I'm sure this will somehow be worse with him attached. Its funny, its not that I hate DC, I love the characters, I just hate what most of the show runners are doing to said characters. Wonder Woman and Aquaman are the only 2 DC movies I'm looking forward to and
He's got the anti-Midas touch. Thats his superpower. Everything he touches turns to explosive diarrhea and whatever assplodes all over the walls is what he calls the final cut of a movie. Suicide Squad was shit, BvS was liquid shits, and I'm sure this will somehow be worse with him attached. Its funny, its not that I hate DC, I love the characters, I just hate what most of the show runners are doing to said characters. Wonder Woman and Aquaman are the only 2 DC movies I'm looking forward to and have any hope in because they are in actual capable hands.
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7:57PM on 12/13/2016

Evan Rachel Wood for Poison Ivy

She killed it on Westworld and I wanted her in the role since I saw her in 'The Life before her Eyes' with Uma Thurman and on True Blood.
She killed it on Westworld and I wanted her in the role since I saw her in 'The Life before her Eyes' with Uma Thurman and on True Blood.
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7:56PM on 12/13/2016
theres just no way a man can direct a movie about (super-powered) women. How can he understand their struggle to properly portray it on screen?

Honestly, I'm looking forward to this. I'd rather have a Gotham City Universe than a DCU. But I don't want Ayer directing. I really respect him for saying the theatrical of SS is HIS cut instead of bashing the film or something. But, he did a poor job on the film. Fingers crossed on this.
theres just no way a man can direct a movie about (super-powered) women. How can he understand their struggle to properly portray it on screen?

Honestly, I'm looking forward to this. I'd rather have a Gotham City Universe than a DCU. But I don't want Ayer directing. I really respect him for saying the theatrical of SS is HIS cut instead of bashing the film or something. But, he did a poor job on the film. Fingers crossed on this.
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7:55PM on 12/13/2016
The good:
- Robbie is great as Harley
- It's about time Poison Ivy gets another shot on the big screen. Underrated character with so much potential

The unknown:
- Geneva Robertson-Dworet seems to have written a lot of stuff lately, but nothing we've seen yet. So a big question mark.

The not so good:
- Ayer can be a capable director, but Suicide Squad was a mess with some questionable decisions. But hopefully he has learned and with a great script and a strong influence by Geoff
The good:
- Robbie is great as Harley
- It's about time Poison Ivy gets another shot on the big screen. Underrated character with so much potential

The unknown:
- Geneva Robertson-Dworet seems to have written a lot of stuff lately, but nothing we've seen yet. So a big question mark.

The not so good:
- Ayer can be a capable director, but Suicide Squad was a mess with some questionable decisions. But hopefully he has learned and with a great script and a strong influence by Geoff Johns, it could work.

The bad:
- Fast-track...ugh
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7:47PM on 12/13/2016
Please no. No more Ayer. No sequel. Just stop it.
Please no. No more Ayer. No sequel. Just stop it.
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7:22PM on 12/13/2016
Ayer raped the Joker, then turned him into a juggalo white trash club rat.
Ayer raped the Joker, then turned him into a juggalo white trash club rat.
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6:38PM on 12/13/2016
Watched the extended edition of Suicide Squad for the first time recently and thought the extended cut did a much better job displaying the film for how good, fun, and misunderstood it really is to most people who disliked it. I thought the story was much better while also adding some much needed depth to certain characters; whether it be a coulple of more action scenes and/or a couple of lines of dialogue to really flesh out the story and characters motivations more. And I was always a fan of
Watched the extended edition of Suicide Squad for the first time recently and thought the extended cut did a much better job displaying the film for how good, fun, and misunderstood it really is to most people who disliked it. I thought the story was much better while also adding some much needed depth to certain characters; whether it be a coulple of more action scenes and/or a couple of lines of dialogue to really flesh out the story and characters motivations more. And I was always a fan of Leto's portrayal of the Joker, but thought this new cut gave him more of an oppurtunity to make more of an impact for himself as the Joker.

But Robbie was one of many highlights of Suicide Squad, and am glad to see DC giving her more exposure to grow the character out more and not waiting too long to see her resurface again. And am glad that Ayer will be back as well as director and producer so that they'll be a nice continuity going forward with Harley and the Suicide Squad side of the universe.

And as far as Catwoman, I would like to either see Carla Gugino or Emily Blunt, and for Poison Ivy I would like to see Jessica Chastain.
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7:41PM on 12/13/2016
I literally have no idea how you could have watched that movie and come away under the impression that Leto's Joker was anything but awful. He was pretentious, preening, petty, and trying to be a crime boss. There is literally no comic, animated feature, or movie where he was any of those things before. Everyone was afraid the face tattoos indicated a bad, non-canon portrayal and it was EXACTLY that. Watching him kill some random thug because he refused to hook up with Harley....that might
I literally have no idea how you could have watched that movie and come away under the impression that Leto's Joker was anything but awful. He was pretentious, preening, petty, and trying to be a crime boss. There is literally no comic, animated feature, or movie where he was any of those things before. Everyone was afraid the face tattoos indicated a bad, non-canon portrayal and it was EXACTLY that. Watching him kill some random thug because he refused to hook up with Harley....that might have been the single most cringeworthy moment in comic films in the last 20 years.
8:33PM on 12/13/2016
DC fanboy alert
DC fanboy alert
11:50PM on 12/14/2016
He loves Green Lantern, so no matter what DC does this dude will like it.

He loves Green Lantern, so no matter what DC does this dude will like it.

6:32PM on 12/13/2016

Warner bros + DC + Fast tracked + crappy writer + David Ayer =

Shit.

We already know how it's going to turn out.
Shit.

We already know how it's going to turn out.
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