The latest rumor about the DC Extended Universe says that Birds of Prey could begin filming as early as next year, and may feature an “all-female crew.”
The latter phrase, reported by the website HeroicHollywood.com, presumably refers to the key creative positions, as hiring nothing but women (for everything from camerawomen to caterers) would seem to be a difficult and rather questionable endeavor.
Rumors about the franchise seem to change constantly, particularly in regards to their supposed upcoming slate of films; that said, Birds of Prey have been mentioned a lot lately, with word that Warner Bros. wants to fast-track the project. If the newest rumors are correct, it could be the first DCEU film to come out in 2020, after this year’s Aquaman and next year’s Shazam and Wonder Woman 2.
We know that Christina Hodson has already been hired to write the script for the film (as well as Batgirl), and that Cathy Yan has been brought on to direct. While hiring these key players would seemingly confirm that the movie is coming, it should be noted that other DCEU projects, such as The Batman, Nightwing and Gotham City Sirens, also have directors lined up.
In the comics, Birds of Prey is an all-female team of heroes (well, Hawk was technically a member, just so that they could also get his partner, Dove), focused mostly on Batgirl, Huntress and Black Canary. This movie will apparently also include Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who premiered in the DCEU with 2016’s Suicide Squad. It is unclear if she will be an antagonist or a member of the team; knowing her personality and history, either option makes some sense.