The first teaser for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) was released earlier this weeks and Suicide Squad director David Ayer is pumped for the upcoming movie. Ayer helped bring Harley Quinn to the masses after getting Margot Robbie on board to take on the character. While the movie was not a hit with fans and critics, it was a box office success and introduced Robbie's version of Quinn to a brand-new audience.

After the Birds of Prey teaser was released, social media exploded. It was the first time that we have seen Margot Robbie in character since 2016's Suicide Squad. After months of rumors and speculation about other projects, it was finally confirmed that this particular project was officially moving forward. When asked on social media if this was a "proud dad moment," David Ayer responded by saying, "Yes it is..." with a proud face emoji. While his answer was brief, the director has been a big supporter of getting the story out.

David Ayer has been attached to the Gotham City Sirens movie for a few years and that project would include Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn too. However, it isn't clear if that movie is still in development at this time. With that being said, there have been rumors that Warner Bros. is in the process of creating a Harley Quinn trilogy, which would reportedly involve Gotham City Sirens. This has yet to be confirmed officially, but it could end up happening in the end. The fate of the project will more or less depend on the Birds of Prey box office performance.

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Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was arguably the standout performance in Suicide Squad. Jared Leto's Joker was barely seen, so fans weren't sure what to think, even though there is a big contingent of DC fans who despise what he did by making a hipster-looking Clown Prince of Crime. With that being said, there are still talks about the Joker and Harley Quinn movie. It was reported back in September that the script was finished and that it was insane, which sounds perfect for a movie starring those two characters.

Birds of Prey is all set to hit theaters on February 7th, 2020. Just a few months before that, Joaquin Phoenix will make his big screen debut as the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips' Joker. That movie takes place outside of the DCEU, but it will be interesting to see how that project and Birds of Prey are seen when all is said and done. Jared Leto will show up in theaters in summer 2020 as Morbius the Living Vampire for Sony and Marvel, so we probably won't see any work on his version of the Joker during that time. You can check out the reaction to the Birds of Prey teaser below, thanks to David Ayer's Twitter account.

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