Which Harley Quinn movie is coming first? The answer is Birds of Prey. It will also be the DCEU’s first R-rated film.
Margot Robbie pushed hard for Cathy Yan to get the directing gig for Birds of Prey, and she confirmed in an interview with Yahoo Movies that she’ll be putting just as much effort into making sure her co-stars are just as diverse.
In the interview Robbie said, “Yep, yes exactly, real life isn’t so one specific image. We’ve got to reflect that onscreen.”
Robbie also told Yahoo Movies that Harley Quinn will be receiving a brand new costume for the film, but couldn’t tease anything more beyond that, saying, “No, honestly [it’s] because the costumes haven’t been designed yet but yes she’ll have new looks,” the actress confirmed. “There will be new Halloween costumes out there, one day.”
Robbie confirmed to Flickering Myth that production is set to begin in January 2019. She described the film as “different” from the rest of the DCEU’s offerings. It’s expected to be rated R and it’ll be made with a “much smaller budget”.
Cathy Yan is directing the film from a script by Christina Hodson, who is also the screenwriter for the upcoming Batgirl film. Margot Robbie, Sue Kroll, and Bryan Unkless are serving as producers.
Warner Bros. is presenting at San Diego Comic-Con this year and is expected to showcase Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984. There’s no confirmation of Birds of Prey having a presence at the presentation but since it appears to be the next DCEU film to go into production, there is a possibility.