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Fresh from Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is set to potentially anchor another DC Entertainment property for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday — but it wouldn’t be a solo movie for the onetime Batman villain.
Instead, Robbie is to be part of a project revolving around multiple female heroes and villains from DC’s stable — a position that isn’t exactly new for the character, who was one of three leads in the Gotham City Sirens comic book series that ran from 2009 through 2011 (her co-stars were Catwoman and Poison Ivy) and these days appears in the bimonthly Harley’s Little Black Book comic book alongside such co-stars as Wonder Woman, Zatanna and the Bombshells.
Gotham City Sirens was, in many ways, the spiritual sequel to Birds of Prey, a female-led team that debuted in 1995 before gaining its own monthly comic book series four years later; in three separate volumes, the series — which, like Gotham City Sirens, featured Batman mythology characters and was, for the most part, set in the Dark Knight’s hometown — the ran until 2014, with a relaunch due this summer as part of the company’s linewide DC: Rebirth initiative.
With two separate Gotham-centric female-lead teams to choose from — one of which includes Harley herself — it’s possible that the Birds of Prey and Sirens lineups may contain the cast for the potential Harley project. If so, get ready to meet your future favorite big-screen heroines:
The founding member of the Birds of Prey, Gordon created the team while sidelined from action after being shot by the Joker; in the guise of “Oracle,” she gathered together a group of previously unconnected operatives who could work under her direction to help her continue to fight crime. In later years, she returned to action as Batgirl, although this summer’s Batgirl and the Birds of Prey comic book series will show her getting the band back together.
The longest-serving Birds of Prey member — she was even part of a team that didn’t include Barbara Gordon — Dinah Lance might be better known to mainstream audiences for her appearances on the CW’s Arrow, but her comic book incarnation has proven herself to be a take-no-nonsense field leader of the Birds, able to juggle team dynamics and egos as easily as she dispatches bad guys with martial arts and hypersonic screams.
The daughter of a mob boss who watched her father murdered as part of an inter-family hit, Helena Bertinelli declared war on crime as the unpredictable, conflicted Huntress. After years as a vigilante, often under investigation by Batman for her tendency to step over the line when it came to methods (and violence, for that matter), she found some degree of peace — and a new family — with the Birds of Prey.
One of the stranger, and most enjoyable, members of the Birds of Prey, Lady Blackhawk is a hard-drinking, tough-talking 1940s pilot who ended up in the present day thanks to time travel, only to continue her ways in an era that had almost caught up to her. Imagine Marvel’s Peggy Carter, if she was more of a brawler and somehow living in the 21st century.
Selina Kyle has never been one to make it easy on those trying to keep track of which side she’s on. Throughout her comic book career, she’s served with the Birds of Prey, Gotham City Sirens, Justice League of America (twice!) and, in the alternate universe Injustice: Gods Among Us storyline, works alongside Batman as his moral compass as he tries to save the world. Yes, you read that right. Pretty good for a cat burglar who’s always had her eye on the prize.
To some, Pamela Isley is an eco-terrorist creating havoc. To others, she’s a woman willing to work outside the law in order to serve a greater justice. Don’t ask the Birds of Prey, though; she served with the team for a short while, only to be revealed as someone trying to manipulate them for her own ends, so they probably carry a grudge. She also served as one of the Gotham City Sirens, thanks to a shared antipathy for Batman.
Little is known about the rockabilly-influenced Ev Crawford, other than her fierce sense of loyalty, fine marksmanship and shady past that she really doesn’t like to talk about. She was a member of the most recent incarnation of the Birds of Prey, but has disappeared into limbo following that title’s cancellation.
Tatsu Yamashiro stands alongside Harley Quinn in August’s big-screen Suicide Squad, but her comic book incarnation has previously served on a number of teams, including the Outsiders and Birds of Prey. An emotionally withdrawn warrior and martial artist, her sword contains the soul of her dead husband … which might explain that “emotionally withdrawn” thing.
Part of the Fourth World comic book mythology teased in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Big Barda is an orphan raised to become the most fearsome warrior in the universe — and a woman who, after falling in love with the carefree daredevil who calls himself Mister Miracle, ended up becoming a loyal, fearless friend to those who’ve dedicated themselves to fighting evil in all of its forms.
Think of Manhunter as the Daredevil of the DC Universe: Kate Spencer is a federal prosecutor who got sick of the way in which the system allowed criminals to escape justice, so she decided to take matters into her own hands with the aid of some misappropriated weapons. There is, however, a difference between her and Marvel’s legal eagle: Spencer isn’t just unafraid to kill, she’s very much in favor of it for those she believes deserve it. Daredevil meets the Punisher, then.