According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Mattel have finalized a partnership, with Margot Robbie also on board as co-producer via her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, as well as star as the titular character in an upcoming adaptation of Barbie.
“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” said the Academy Award-nominated actress in a statement. “I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”
The Wrap has confirmed that an earlier rumor regarding the lineup of director Cathy Yan’s upcoming Birds of Prey movie was fairly spot-on. The team’s lineup will consist of Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. It’s currently not known whether Montoya will be The Question in the film, or a detective.
The villain of the piece is expected to be Cassandra Cain’s father, David Cain, who is commonly associated with Ra’s Al Ghul, and Cassandra’s mother, Lady Shiva. This all but confirms that Batgirl is not involved as many expected.
Warner Bros. has announced that, after a long and grueling search for David Ayer’s replacement, a director for Suicide Squad 2 has been found. Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Warrior) has been tapped to write and direct the film, with its entire cast returning.
This is actually a pretty great choice. O’Connor is a safe director, with a good eye for action and emotion. His Suicide Squad will be much more well-rounded than its predecessor was, and should genuinely be an overall much better film. We’ll just have to see it all ends up.
After the announcement of the Multiverse Joker Origin film, the future of DC’s Joker seemed to be in limbo with Jared at the helm. However, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the Joker and Harley Quinn film that was previously rumored is still in development, with Leto and Margot Robbie set to reprise their roles as the Joker and Harley Quinn, respectively.
Additionally, it’s been confirmed that the film will take place in the Justice League timeline, placing it in the main DC Extended Universe. It’s set to be a “criminal love story,” with Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to write and helm.