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Could James Gunn Direct Gotham City Sirens After The Suicide Squad? Here's What He Said

Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman

During the period when filmmaker James Gunn was fired from and then rehired onto Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he was recruited by Warner Bros to write and direct The Suicide Squad. Fast-forward to a little over a week after its release, the tenth DC Extended Universe movie has been met with critical acclaim, and along with the Peacemaker series on the way, DC Films president Walter Hamada has teased that Gunn will be tackling more projects for the superhero franchise. But could Gotham City Sirens be one of these projects?

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad featured Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn as one of its main characters, and just like in the original Gotham City Sirens comic book, the film adaptation would star her alongside Poison Ivy and Catwoman. However, Gunn set the record straight on Twitter that he hasn’t even spoken with anyone about directing the Gotham City Sirens movie:

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Evidently that fan was under the impression that James Gunn would be helming Gotham City Sirens since they felt the need to bring up certain concerns with him, but that’s not the case at all. While Gunn has talked with Margot Robbie about collaborating in the future, Gotham City Sirens isn’t on his radar. That’s not to say that the Warner Bros brass couldn’t end up meeting with Gunn about potentially helming the project, but for now, that's not on the table.

Also, just to be clear, it hasn’t been confirmed yet that Catwoman won’t be in Gotham City Sirens. Yes, Zoë Kravitz is playing Selina Kyle in The Batman, which is set in another universe, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t see a version of the character within the DCEU. If Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck can reprise their versions of Batman in The Flash while Robert Pattinson is donning the cape and cowl elsewhere, then surely there’s a scenario where Catwoman can get the same treatment. After all, it’d be weird for a Gotham City Sirens movie not to include one-third of the trio.

Gotham City Sirens was announced back in December 2016, five months after Suicide Squad was released in theaters. At the time, David Ayer, who directed Task Force X’s first movie, signed on to helm the project, with Captain Marvel’s Geneva Robertson-Dworet writing the screenplay. However, in January 2020, a month before Birds of Prey came out, Ayer said that Gotham City Sirens had been put on hold, and there have been no major updates on its status since then. That said, Margot Robbie expressed interest back in May of exploring Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s romantic relationship in a movie, and Gotham City Sirens is as good a place to do that as any.

One thing that is clear is that Margot Robbie isn’t tired of playing Harley Quinn by any means, so once it’s announced what her next movie will be, be it Gotham City Sirens or something else, we’ll let you know. For the Catwoman fans out there, you can see Zoë Kravitz’s Selina Kyle in action when The Batman swoops into theaters on March 4, 2022.

Adam Holmes

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.