DC Finds HARLEY QUINN/BIRDS OF PREY Director

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Yan will be the second female filmmaker to direct a DC film, followed by Patty Jenkin's "Wonder Woman".

Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment have chosen relative newcomer Cathy Yan to direct Margot Robbie in an untitled Harley Quinn movie, Deadline confirms. The project for the independent Harley Quinn film is based on Birds of Prey, in which Quinn joins other crime fighters like Black Canary and Batgirl. Not to mention she'll be the first female Asian-American director ever for a mainstream superhero film. The news comes just weeks after Warner Bros. and DC tapped director Ava DuVernay to adapt The New Gods.

This is a bold bet for Warner Bros' Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada, who oversee DC under Toby Emmerich. The script was written by Christina Hodson, who wrote the "Transformers" spinoff "Bumblebee" and was hired to replace Joss Whedon in penning the "Batgirl" movie.

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The film is looking to start production within the year. That would be Dead Pigs, a film that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance last January. She is negotiating to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the Quentin Tarantino-directed film for Sony Pictures. That's all very encouraging, especially to those of us who could've maybe done with 75% less gratuitous Harley Quinn ass-shots in Suicide Squad.

Much like Jenkins, Yan has only one indie movie on her resume. Beyond that, she's mostly worked on short films as a producer and writer.

This won't be the film based on Gotham City Sirens, or the Harley vs. Joker film, or Suicide Squad 2.

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