Collider was able to speak with screenwriter Christina Hodson, the person behind the scripts for Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and in-development Batgirl movie at Warner Bros. She has briefly talked about tackling an established DC Comics heroine like Batgirl and what excites her about writing the character.
“I actually don’t think it is that established. A few people remember Alicia Silverstone doing that, but that movie was not one that is seminal. So, I do feel very free doing that one, and the studio is being super supportive, in letting me dream up whatever I want to dream up.”
“Many things, but I’m not allowed to talk about that, at all. She’s cool. With all of these characters – the ones that I’m creating and that are original, like Charlie, and the ones I’m getting to inherit and play with – they’re independent, intelligent, capable, interesting and nuanced, and nuanced really is the main thing. They’re not one thing or another. They are flawed, complex, beautiful, wonderful, weird, and fully rounded and fully fleshed out characters. We’ve got so many great actresses out there, that are ready to play these roles, that it’s fun to be writing roles for them.”
An interesting tidbit concerning Birds of Prey is that Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl was originally part of the lineup until she was removed from Christina’s script before they started casting the DC Comics film. Hodson certainly must have a take on the character that is worthy of a solo film and likely was pulled from Birds of Prey for potentially this reason. Prey is expected to be an R-rated movie and the studio might have wanted distance the character because she could be aimed more at youngsters, not unlike Wonder Woman.
Justice League’s Joss Whedon had been previously attached to write and direct his own incarnation of the Batgirl solo movie but was ultimately thrown off the project when he admittedly couldn’t crack a story. Hodson has taken up the project and might have more luck with it, given that she was able to make Birds of Prey work.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) begins filming next month in Los Angeles, California and has a release date of February 7th, 2020.
Batgirl, on the other hand, is without a director, cast, and production/release dates.