Cathy Yan’s rapid rise from journalist to ‘Birds of Prey’ director: ‘I didn’t think you could do this professionally’

Cathy Yan, the film’s director, is the first woman of Asian descent to steer a major Hollywood superhero movie. And after feeling like an industry outsider on multiple fronts, she has made a rapid rise to a plum assignment: helming a movie with an estimated $100 million budget — one that marks Harley Quinn’s cinematic return, four years after Margot Robbie’s wisecracking antihero was the best reason to watch “Suicide Squad.”

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