The wonderfully eccentrically titled Birds of Prey
(and the fantabulous emancipation of Harley Quinn) writer, Christina Hodson
, has provided some clarity as to where the film sits with regards to it's sort-of-predecessor. Hodson recently spoke about the spin-off, discussing her approach to making the movie, and has said that Birds of Prey
will continue the story of Harley Quinn, describing it as a 'standalone story' as opposed to a direct sequel to David Ayer
's bad guy team-up, 2016's Suicide Squad
Christina Hodson went on to describe how she wanted to write a story that could progress Harley Quinn's story, without following any particular narrative that came before.
"Obviously, yes, it's a character we have met before, but it's really its own story, and that's kind of how I approached it. I just tried to take myself off-leash. I fell in love with this character, and then all of these other new characters.