After the king of false-woke dudes Joss Whedon announced he was leaving DC’s Batgirl movie, after months of production when he didn’t even have a script, Warner Bros is soldiering on with a better writer at the helm of Barbara Gordon’s first solo outing. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Bumblebee: The Movie, Unforgettable, and Shut In scribe Christine Hodson has taken over the Batgirl movie. That’s right, a woman writing a woman superhero. Truly, we live in daring times.
The Batgirl movie has been in the works for a while, thanks to the policy of modern studios to plan eight years of comic-book films at the same time. It got major news last year, when comics fanboy and now-fallen nerd god Joss Whedon signed onto the project. Coasting on his Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly credentials as a writer of kickass women, Whedon spent months doing nothing with one of DC’s hottest properties. When he finally admitted defeat, on the coattails of scathing accusations by his ex-wife, the collective comics world seemed to sigh in relief that it wouldn’t be subjected to barefoot, waif-fu Barbara.
Christine Hodson has made a name for herself writing woman-centric genre movies. Her first script, for Shut In, made a list of best screenplays still unproduced. She followed that up with the thriller Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl. Other screenplays she’s sold include sci-fi flick The Eden Project and an update to The Fugitive. This will not even be her first experience with Batgirl, as she was working on a Birds of Prey adaptation way back in 2016.
The still-untitled Batgirl movie will be the hero’s first appearance on screen since Alicia Silverstone donned the cowl in 1997’s Batman & Robin. While most details are sketchy, there’s a very good chance that this film will tie into Margot Robbie’s proposed work with Harley Quinn and, eventually, a Birds of Prey film.