In addition to all the badass women behind the camera, the source material for Birds of Prey features some of DC Comics' most legendary female heroes, namely Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), Black Canary, and Huntress.
According to Deadline, Yan was chosen as the director over numerous "well-established male filmmakers".
Yan, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, will become the first Asian woman to direct a DC superhero film.
Dead Pigs won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance last January and Robbie was keen to bag a female director for Birds Of Prey. It is not confirmed if all of them will be characters in the film.
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Christina Hodson has already written a script for this DC film, with Deadline expecting it to begin production by late 2018 or early 2019. Robbie is close to signing a deal to star as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", so production on the DC movie won't start until after that film is completed. The other Harley Quinn films are still under construction.
Much like Jenkins, Yan has only one indie movie on her resume. That's all very encouraging, especially to those of us who could've maybe done with 75% less gratuitous Harley Quinn ass-shots in Suicide Squad. The studio had been weighing several Quinn options, including a "Suicide Squad" sequel with Gavin O'Connor, before picking "Birds of Prey".
In that film, a mysterious stream of pig carcasses floats silently toward China's populous economic hub, Shanghai.