Well, smack my ass and call me Christmas.
Just when I had given 2016 up for dead a little light has glistened in this dark, dark time.
It was announced today that David Ayers, director of ‘Suicide Squad’, and Margot Robbie are teaming up to bring the ‘Gotham City Sirens’ to the silver screen.
The ‘Sirens’ comic series, that came out in 2009, contained the DC characters: Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.
Let’s be real though about this. If Margot Robbie hadn’t killed it with her rendition of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad this probably wouldn’t be happening. I really hate to crap all over this. Because this is exciting and I will definitely see it.
I’m a little miffed that DC isn’t approaching this the way they did with Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman, which doesn’t come out til next year, has a female director. Granted we have no idea how that to turn it out it is comforting that DC is allowing a women director to helm a woman’s story. That’s all there is to it really. Especially since there are so few female directors in the game to begin with. Shifting duties to Ayers seems like a knee-jerk reaction of “this is how things are usually done”.
The way Margot Robbie portrayed in Suicide Squad gave audiences a lot of eye candy which probably falls into that whole ‘sex sells mentality’ and in some ways made Harley’s character a little flat.
I’m not saying, “Oh, Ayers is a dude. So, what right does he have to helm one of the female super villain franchises out there?”
Okay, well, maybe I kind of am saying that.
It shouldn’t be a sexy thing with explosions. Because that’s what my fear is. Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn was a fan favorite but there was a lack of emotional depth.
Throwing together a rag-tag group of female villains without a woman’s directing touch could end up ignoring female fans all together and sticking to the usual boring script that we are all too familiar with.