Let's face it: Harley Quinn was the best part of a not-so-great Suicide Squad movie, and it seems that the comic book movie world is finally, finally getting the memo that female fans have been screaming about for ages: We need more female-starring movies. Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that director of Suicide Squad David Ayer will be directing and producing an all-female led film, and it's honestly the best news we've heard all day. (Though, if we could get a female director, even more thumbs up.)
Even better: Harley Quinn herself Margot Robbie will executive produce. Considering the insane amount of Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn costumes that were spotted on Halloween this year, it's pretty obvious that the slightly crazy, villainous girlfriend of the Joker was ever-so-popular among fans, so this should be huge.
Gotham City Sirens is a film adaptation of its 2009 comic namesake that centers totally on DC's infamous female supervillains, including Quinn (who will obvi be played by Robbie), Poison Ivy, a villain who uses the toxins of plants to get what she wants, and Catwoman, Batman's on-and-off love interest.
Considering it's not really a huge secret that Hollywood movie-making isn't the most female-friendly of industries (and don't even get us started on the superhero films), this is actually such a big deal. Research says that nearly half (46 percent, to be exact) of comic book readers are female, and not accurately representing them in films or constantly showing them as unintelligent or inferior to their male counterparts should be insulting and a huge red flag to the subtle, ongoing sexism in our society. Not to mention poor marketing because, boy are you leaving out a lot of your dedicated audience.
By having a female executive producer, female leads, and a female screenplay writer (Geneva Robertson-Dworet who wrote the Tomb Raider remake and Sherlock Holmes 3), this film already has our support, and we haven't even seen a trailer yet.
THIS IS WHY FEMALE LED FILMS ARE IMPORTANT pic.twitter.com/DsCj0NlHvg— . (@gyIlenhaaIs) July 10, 2016
No release date has been confirmed, yet, but we truly hope that Gotham City Sirens makes a huge breakthrough for women in the box office! And if things don't start to change for women in the film industry as a whole, we have a feeling that Harley Quinn will definitely have something to say about it.