A Batgirl movie was announced last year when Joss Whedon was hired to write and direct. However, two months ago, Whedon dropped out, saying that he couldn’t crack the story. Around that same time, it was reported that Batgirl would go on the backburner as DC shifts focus to its A-list heroes. However, the film is moving forward with a new writer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Christina Hodson has been hired to take on Batgirl. In addition to the Bumblebee movie, Hodson previously wrote a script for Birds of Prey, a spinoff featuring many female DC characters. That was looked at as one of several Harley Quinn-centric spinoffs in development, but Batgirl is expected to be in it too.
The Wrap adds that Warner Bros. is impressed with Hodson’s Birds of Prey script, and that film is courting directors now.
It’s great to see WB moving forward with this, as Barbara Gordon is a terrific character who would own a solo film. Hiring a female writer (especially one who has DC experience) is a good step forward, while the studio reportedly wants a female director too. Fingers crossed we’ll hear more soon. Stay tuned.
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