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Batman's Supervillainesses To Get Their Own Movie, 'Gotham City Sirens'

Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn.

Despite the wide-spread critical panning of Suicide SquadMargot Robbie and David Ayer are teaming up once again. While rumors have been circulating around a project solely focusing on my beloved Harley Quinn, new announcements have confirmed that the upcoming film will tell the tale of the Gotham City Sirens, a comic book that featured a temporary team-up between Harley, her bosom buddy (and sometimes non-monogamous girlfriend) Poison Ivy, and Batman's archenemy Selina Kyle AKA Catowman.

Gotham City Sirens was a series that started in 2009, written by industry legend Paul Dini. The books detailed the tenuous alliance forged between the fictional Gotham City's most notorious female villains. The writing was certainly uneven throughout the six-volume run: the story explored each character's history of abuse by men, but also depicted the girls in frustratingly stereotypical shopping misadventures.

Now, Margot Robbie is reinvigorating this mythology. Pairing herself with the director of the money-making but critically reviled supervillain story of the summer, Robbie's pet-project has been fast-tracked for a 2018 release. Robbie is widely being credited as the heart behind the project and will reprise her role as the Clown Princess of Crime (which is fine, considering most reviewers agreed that her interpretation of the character, despite the lackluster quality of the rest of the Suicide Squad movie, was actually pretty good).

It's a bummer the movie won't be directed by a lady, but at least they've hired Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote the upcoming films Tomb Raider and Sherlock Holmes 3, to pen the screenplay. No word yet on casting of the other two femme fatales, although some are already suggesting that Megan Fox is being cosidered for the role of the plant-loving ecoterrorist Pamela Isley.

There's also a sequel being planned for Suicide Squad, although details on that are still rather murky.

The concept for Gotham City Sirens certainly sounds irresistable for a genre that does not regularly feature women at the forefront, but there's plenty of room for this to be turned into a disaster, too. Can't wait to see how they mess this one up!

[Photo: DC Comics]

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