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The DCEU is chock full of projects in various stages of development, but few of these films have been quite as difficult to pin down as David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens. His follow-up to Suicide Squad was announced last year shortly after the debut of the Task Force X solo movie, but we haven't heard much about it on the DC slate in recent months. With that in mind, CinemaBlend recently had the chance to ask Ayer about the film during the press junket for his new Netflix project, Bright, in Los Angeles, and he admitted that he's still working on it, saying:
Working on it over at Warners. Just kicking it around in development.
So while Gotham City Sirens hasn't moved forward in a while, it sounds like it's still something that the folks at Warner Bros. want to pursue with David Ayer. The film has gone through a series of behind-the-scenes changes (particularly with screenwriters) over the course of its development, and while those may have slowed it down, it appears that things are still chugging along.
With Gotham City Sirens apparently still on the docket, this presents obvious questions about where Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will fit into the DCEU next. She's integral to the Gotham City Sirens storyline (as she's one of three "Sirens" that also includes Catwoman and Poison Ivy), but she's also currently attached to a Joker/Harley spinoff movie and a Harley solo movie, in addition to Gavin O'Connor's Suicide Squad 2. Ms. Robbie clearly cannot be in that many places at once, which means that every movie to potentially feature her will need to wait once she makes a choice for a project.
For those of you who are less familiar with the DC lore, Gotham City Sirens is a female-centric title focusing on Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman as a supervillain/anti-hero team. Rumors associated with the film adaptation had suggested that it would see them face off against the more heroic Birds of Prey (most commonly consisting of Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress), which could go a long way towards fleshing out the Gotham side of the DCEU. It's been somewhat disheartening not to hear much about the project in recent months, but David Ayer's comments at the Bright junket feel like an encouraging reminder that it's still being workshopped at the studio.
From there, that naturally leads us to wonder when we may receive a more concrete update on the status of Gotham City Sirens. When we presented this question to David Ayer, he was much coyer about details and said: